The University of Cincinnati Athletic Director is leaving his post to take the position at the University of Illinois.
Mike Thomas made the announcement at a press conference at the University of Illinois Wednesday.
Thomas joined the University of Cincinnati in October 2005. During his tenure, UC Athletics UC Athletics produced one NCAA individual champion, four BIG EAST team titles, 12 All-Americans, and 72 All BIG EAST honorees. He also hired Brian Kelly, who led the Bearcats football team to a 34-6 record and two Big East titles before leaving for Notre Dame.
Thomas will be replacing Ron Guenther, who retired this summer. Thomas is a graduate of Colorado State and Western Illinois.