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Mike Thomas to be Illinois AD

Updated: August 10, 2011, 8:19 PM ET
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The University of Illinois introduced Mike Thomas Wednesday as its athletic director, turning the program over to the man credited with raising the stature -- and success -- of sports at the University of Cincinnati.

Thomas, 51, will replace Ron Guenther, who retired this summer after 19 years on the job.

Among Thomas' successful hires since taking over the reins at Cincinnati in 2005 was Brian Kelly, the football coach who won two Big East championships before ...

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