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NIU AD Phillips to take over Northwestern athletics

Updated: February 28, 2008, 12:41 PM ET
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EVANSTON, Ill. -- James J. Phillips was hired as Northwestern's athletic director on Thursday.

Phillips, the AD at Northern Illinois, will take over on April 14. He replaces Mark Murphy, who left earlier this year to become president of the Green Bay Packers.

The Chicago Tribune first reported Thursday that Phillips would acccept Northwestern's offer. According to the report, Phillips was offered the job weeks ago, but delayed accepting it out of respect for NIU ...

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