Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 10/7/12

Here’s a multi-media gaffe for you. Getting caught by television cameras with chewing tobacco when you’re a college football coach. And chew at practices and games is a NCAA violation for  players and coaches.

That’s what happened with Illini coach Tim Beckman, who apologized for it after his team got destroyed by the Wisconsin Badgers 31-14 Saturday.

“That’s a bad habit of mine,” Beckman said. “I guess it was the stress. There’s no excuse for that and that will be stopped.”

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This is just yet another example of bad judgment by Beckman. All his coaching decisions are examples of poor decision making.This is just a minor infraction, but it does say to us, “what is this guy thinking?” Beckman has been thoroughly out-coached in major blowout losses to  every FBS team he’s played so far. That Illini beat writers are already calling the hire a disaster.

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