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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):
AD: Josh Whitman
Starting: March 21, 2016
AD: Beth Goetz*
AD since: Aug. 7, 2015
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:
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.
“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.
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.
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.
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.
Shortly after being named the UI’s 14th athletic director, Josh Whitman reached out via email to the school’s I-Fund donors. Tagged “A Special Message from AD Josh Whitman,” the note read: