Whitman Discusses ‘Whirlwind’ First Year As U Of I Athletic Director

June 21, 2017
University of Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman talks with reporters Tuesday at the Bielfeldt Athletics Administration Building in Champaign.

University of Illinois Athletic Director Josh Whitman talks with reporters Tuesday at the Bielfeldt Athletics Administration Building in Champaign.

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Since being named University of Illinois Athletic Director on the Urbana campus in February 2016, Josh Whitman has been busy. Very busy.

From settling a lawsuit with former U of I football player Simon Cvijanovic, to hiring six new head coaches, to significantly revising plans to renovate football’s Memorial Stadium, Whitman called the last 16 months a “whirlwind” in a round table with reporters Tuesday.

Afterward, he sat down with Illinois Public Media’s Brian Moline for a one-on-one interview where he discussed these topics and more.  When asked what his biggest success as athletic director has been so far, Whitman demurred. But he was more than happy to discuss his biggest challenge.

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