CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) A University of Illinois official familiar with the decision says the school has hired Washington University athletic director Josh Whitman as its new AD.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on Tuesday night on condition of anonymity because the decision had not been announced publicly.

Whitman takes over for Mike Thomas, who was fired Nov. 9 though interim Chancellor Barb Wilson said he had done nothing wrong.

Thomas was fired just over two months after he had fired football coach Tim Beckman amid allegations that Beckman had interfered in players' medical decisions and pressured players to play hurt.

Seven women's basketball players have sued the school claiming coach Matt Bollant and some staff created a racially abusive environment.

Whitman is a former Illinois football player.