CHAMPAIGN — Josh Whitman was already projecting a potential financial loss of $20 million for the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics in the 2021 fiscal year.
That was a minimum.
The total loss, the University of Illinois athletic director said last week, could quickly grow beyond that figure.
Discussions of the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on Illini athletics came before the Big Ten announced Tuesday it would postpone all of its fall sports.
The hope from the Big Ten and from Whitman is those sports can be rescheduled for the spring. That it’s just a hope and not a concrete plan means the financial considerations haven’t necessarily changed.
Illinois still doesn’t know how many football games — if any — it will play in a revised spring slate. The same is true for men’s basketball games, with the fate of that sport…