Posted March 03, 2012 on
Fighting Illini football coach Tim Beckman considered both coaching and recruiting ability when hiring his assistants. One of the best recruiters on staff is quarterback coach and co-offensive coordinator Chris Beatty. He is convinced he can recruit as well at Illinois as his other career stops. He talks about recruiting in the finale of his three-part interview.
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Tim Beckman came to Illinois with a mandate to fix the Illini, starting with whatever broke during their six-game losing streak last fall.
The weakness that stuck out most, the new coach said, was one fans have complained about for years.
''Special teams were as bad as there was in this country, probably,'' Beckman said in an interview with The Associated Press...
Fighting Illini football coach Tim Beckman brought three of his Toledo assistants with him to Champaign. One of them is cornerback coach Steve Clinkscale. In part one of a three part interview, he talks about adjusting to his new job and general thoughts on his coaching philosophy and the need to develop depth in the spring.
Whatever hope the Fighting Illini had of upsetting Wisconsin in Madison Sunday was lost the first few minutes of the game. With the score 2-0, the Badgers went on a 12 point run, cooking the Illini's goose. Illini confidence has been shattered with their league collapse, so the quick rush by UW demoralized the visitors.
Some Fighting Illini fans have given up on the season, but Bruce Weber and his players say there is still plenty of reason to keep battling. They will be playing a first round game in the Big 10 tournament whether they win at Wisconsin Sunday or not. But the Illini still hold out hope for an NCAA tournament berth, or at least the NIT. Every win at this point is important.
New Fighting Illini quarterback coach and co-offensive coordinator Chris Beatty is just beginning to learn about his players, but he likes what he sees so far. There is enough depth at signal caller, the UI didn't need to add one in the latest recruiting class. He talks about his quarterbacks and the evolution of new Illini offensive schemes in part two of a three-part interview.
Fighting Illini football coaches are putting out early offers for top prospects around the country. They are emphasizing the home state first, but they also have strong relationships in other areas. Co-offensive coordinator Chris Beatty has good connections along the eastern seaboard, and North Carolina receiver Corey Cooper is reciprocating Beatty's early interest.
The Fighting Illini basketball team celebrated Senior Day Thursday night. It was the last regular season home game for Sam Maniscalco, who has enjoyed precious few opportunities to perform as an Illini in his one season since transferring from Bradley. He reflects on his time at Illinois.