CHAMPAIGN (WCIA) — Illinois athletic director Josh Whitman knows all about Purdue football. Growing up in West Lafayette, Whitman cheered for the Boilermakers on Saturday’s as a youngster, he even had an offer to play for Purdue out of high school. The future NFL tight end chose Illinois over his hometown school though and went on to have a standout career, starting all four years. The feelings for home are still there though.
“I’m looking forward to going back home,” Whitman said. “Obviously my parents, I grew up about 10 minutes from Ross-Ade Stadium and went to a lot of Purdue football games and even more Purdue basketball games when I was a young kid so anytime you have a chance to go back into your hometown and be around your friends and family in a setting like this one, it’ll be special.”
This will be the first time Whitman will go to West Lafayette for a football game as Illinois AD. The Boilermakers beat the Illini in Champaign last season, 34-31 in overtime.