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Illini roundup: Tulane silences baseball team

NEW ORLEANS — Lex Kaplan knocked in two runs with a first-inning single for No. 19 Tulane on Saturday, providing all the runs the Green Wave would need in a 3-0 shutout of Illinois.

Roll call: A look at UI ADs

Josh Whitman will officially become the 14th permanent athletic director in Illinois history on March 21. A look at his predecessors:

NAME    TENURE
Mike Thomas    2011-2015
COMMENT: Hiring, and subsequent firing, of Tim Beckman is defining legacy  

Big Ten ADs: How Whitman stacks up

Josh Whitman is the newest athletic director in the Big Ten. How the league’s athletic leaders stack up in terms of seniority and age (*interim):

ILLINOIS
AD: Josh Whitman
Age: 37
Starting: March 21, 2016

MINNESOTA
AD: Beth Goetz*
Age: 41
AD since: Aug. 7, 2015

Projecting Whitman's first chat with UI coaches

Josh Whitman will get to know all 19 head coaches at Illinois better in the coming weeks. Here’s what we’re thinking the conversations will be like:

Reflecting on Kowalczyk's stabilizing presence

CHAMPAIGN — Paul Kowalczyk will still handle the day-to-day responsibilities of the Illinois athletic director’s office until Josh Whitman officially starts on March 21.

Papers will still need to be signed. The routine operations of the office will continue while Whitman transitions from Washington University in St. Louis to Illinois.

Tate: New AD Whitman has 'lived for this moment'

“When I interviewed Josh, I didn’t take notes. I knew I was looking at the next athletic director.”

Josh Whitman impresses people that way. He was winning over his new boss, UI interim chancellor Barbara Wilson, even though he might not have known it.

Five-minute guide to Josh Whitman

Smiles were in full supply on Thursday morning on the Illinois campus.

Illinois introduced 37-year-old Josh Whitman to the public as the former Illini tight end became the 14th permanent athletic director in UI history.

Whitman has a five-year contract with his alma mater with a salary of $600,000 per year.

LIVE! AD introduction

Steve Kelly and Michael Kiser are anchoring our radio coverage. Listen here

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Full contract details still being worked out for Josh Whitman, but he does have a five-year contract worth $600,000 per year. Possible bonuses are the area still being finalized.

Whitman reaction: Brown, others on board

CHAMPAIGN — From one former Illini to another: “I think it’s awesome.”

That is Dee Brown talking about his new boss, Josh Whitman, who was hired Wednesday as Illinois’ athletic director.

Like Brown, Whitman spent his college days at Illinois. Like Brown, when the school called him home, he couldn’t say no.

Tate: Whitman must rebuild brand

At 28, Theo Epstein was the youngest general manager in the history of Major League Baseball ... too young to run the Boston Red Sox.

Really? Two years later in 2004, the Bosox won their first World Series in 86 years and repeated in 2007. He moved to the Chicago Cubs in October 2011, at roughly the same age then as 37-year-old Josh Whitman, new Illini athletic director, is now.