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.
MADISON, Wis. — Chatrice White scored a team-high 28 points, lifting Illinois to a 76-56 victory against Wisconsin on Wednesday night in Big Ten women’s basketball.
Alex Wittinger added 16 points for the Illini (9-17, 2-13 Big Ten).
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:
The press conference to introduce Josh Whitman as the new Illinois athletic director will be at 10 a.m. Thursday, school officials said today (Listen live on WDWS).
The press conference will be held in the Hall of Fame Room at the Bielfeldt Athletics Administration Building on the UI campus.
By BOB ASMUSSEN and MATT DANIELS
CHAMPAIGN — A former Illini is set to become the new athletic director at Illinois.
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Illinois is about to do something out of recent character: make the right choice.
Sneak peek: UI women at Wisconsin, 7 p.m. Wednesday
Illinois (8-17, 1-13 Big Ten)
P Name Yr. Ht. PPG
G Kyley Simmons R-Sr. 5-7 11.9