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ILLINOIS RUMORS & GOSSIP

For Illinois and Tim Beckman, the ugliness has only just begun

On Twitter @TheStudentSect Tim Beckman, Illinois, and whatever happens next is like the first trip to the dentist in a decade … the event happening is bad enough, but the worst is by far yet to come, once you sit down in that chair and the dental assistant comes off of her smoke break to dive into the details. Illinois was dreadful under Beckman, who was hired after he swiftly...
Via Bloguin Best
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Beckman denies Illinois probe's findings, hints at lawsuit

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) Fire Illinois football coach Tim Beckman says the findings of an investigation indicating he interfered with medical procedures and pressured players to play hurt are ''utterly false'' and suggested he might take legal action. In a statement released to The Associated Press after he was fired on Friday, Beckman also said the decision to fire him violated his...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois fires head coach Tim Beckman one week before start of season

In a true rarity in football at any level, the Illinois Fighting Illini have announced the firing of head football coach Tim Beckman today, just one week before the start of the season. The firing came on the heels of an investigation by the school into Beckman’s questionable behavior. The former coach reportedly influenced medical decisions, failed to report player injuries and...
Via EndZoneScore
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois Fires Head Football Coach Amid Misconduct Allegations

With just one week to go until the 2015 football season starts, the Illinois Fighting Illini are without a head coach. Tim Beckham was fired Friday, the result of an investigation into alligations of misconduct and mistreatment of athletes: Beckman went 12-25 in his three-year tenure and compiled an abysmal 4-20 mark in Big Ten play. More recently, several former players alleged...
Via Gamedayr
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Terrible Timing, but Thomas, Illini get it right in firing Tim Beckman

The life of an Illinois Fighting Illini fan, booster or alumni can’t be a fun one right now. Having its three flagship programs under investigation or seemingly never free of the injury bug. Now this bit of news? Early on Friday afternoon, Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas released a statement confirming the rumored firing of football head coach Tim Beckman. This bit of news...
Via Talking 10
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois fires coach Tim Beckman one week before opener

Well, this is certainly interesting. Just one week before the Illinois Fighting Illini are set to open their season against the Kent State Golden Flashes, it has been reported that head football coach Tim Beckman has been fired. The stunning news was first reported by Football Scoop. Illinois has fired Tim Beckman, source tells @FOXsports. its reported by footballscoop — Bruce...
Via Campus Sports Net
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Report: Illinois Has Fired Head Coach Tim Beckman

The Illinois Fighting Illini open their 2015 campaign one week from today with a home game against Kent State. It looks like they’ll need to find a new head coach ahead of the contest. Football Scoop and Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman are reporting that Illinois has fired head coach Tim Beckman just seven days before the start of the season. It’s baffling timing, to say the least...
Via College Spun
5 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois DT Teko Powell could miss season with foot injury

Illinois defensive tackle Teko Powell has suffered an injury to his right foot and could miss the 2015 season. Matt Wettersten of WCIA 3 reported Powell’s injury on Twitter. #Illini DT Teko Powell could miss the season with a right foot injury. Decision coming in the next day or two on surgery. — Matt Wettersten (@WCIA3Matt) August 25, 2015 A former three-star recruit out...
Via Campus Sports Net
7 days ago  |  Discuss

Photo: New Illinois basketball court design unveiled

The new basketball court for the Illinois Fighting Illini will be named Lou Henson Court. To go along with the new name for the court at the State Farm Center — which is named after Lou Henson, the all-time winningest coach in Illinois basketball history — the Illini have unveiled a new court design. That design was unveiled on Monday which you can see above. Hopefully having...
Via Campus Sports Net
9 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois F Darius Paul dismissed from team

Darius Paul’s career at Illinois had just restarted this summer and now it is once again over. The former Illini forward was suspended for the entire 2014-15 season after failing two drug tests and it was announced Friday evening that the team had permanently done away with Paul. According to Scout, Paul was dismissed from the team after he was arrested during the team’s overseas...
Via Campus Sports Net
11 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois Forward Darius Paul Arrested In France, Sent Home From Team Europe Tour

Illinois junior forward Darius Paul got into some trouble while in France for the Team Europe Tour. Paul had already served a one-year suspension for failing two drug tests, and now he’s in another bad situation. BREAKING: Darius Paul was arrested in Deauville, France early Friday morning; charged with vandalism, public intoxication, resisting arrest — Bret Beherns (@WCIA3Bret...
Via Gamedayr
18 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois DE Jihad Ward to miss first two games with injury

University of Illinois senior defensive end Jihad Ward will miss the team’s first two games of the 2015 season with an undisclosed injury and junior Dawuane Smoot is expected to fill in in his absence. Fighting Illini coach Tim Beckman made the announcement, which was reported by Matt Daniels of The News-Gazette. Jihad Ward will miss first two games of season w/undisclosed injury...
Via Campus Sports Net
19 days ago  |  Discuss

NCB 2015 CFB Previews: Illinois Fighting Illini

If you focused solely on results you might assume Tim Beckman is a pretty popular guy. Beckman took over for a maybe-shouldn’t-have-been-fired Ron Zook in 2012 (after a 7-6 record and no. 48 ranking according to Football Outsiders in Zook’s final year) and went 2-10 and finished 96th. But despite some curious antics both on [&hellip The post NCB 2015 CFB Previews: Illinois...
Via No Coast Bias
19 days ago  |  Discuss

Illinois Fighting Illini Football Preview: Predicting the 2015 season

The Illinois Fighting Illini made a bowl game by the skin of their teeth in 2014, and with most of the important parts of that team back there is some small modicum of optimism in Champaign, Ill. these days. However, it wouldn’t be an offseason in the Illini program without head coach Tim Beckman making headlines for something off the field. This time it was accusations of player...
Via Talking 10
June 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois Fighting Illini: Around the Campus 2015

Welcome back for another installment in Talking 10’s “Illinois Week” series. Although most of our articles for “Illinois Week” are focusing on football, this is our weekly chance to check in on all the other athletic success stories going on in the land of The Champaign Room. Let’s take a look at some of the highlights of 2014-15 and how that will project forward for...
Via Talking 10
June 25, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois Fighting Illini Football Preview: What did 2014 really tell us?

Does Illinois Fighting Illini head coach have nine lives or what? After disappointing for his first few years in Champaign, Beckman staved off what seemed to be certain firing with a late run to a bowl game appearance. Going 6-6 may not be a glowing endorsement of greatness to come, but the 2014 season provided enough hope for the administration to not let Beckman go. How did the...
Via Talking 10
June 22, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois Fighting Illini 2015 Preview and Prediction

Tim Beckman’s teams have improved every year he’s been at Illinois. But an offseason fraught with negative headlines and a very...
Via Athlon Sports
May 29, 2015  |  Discuss

Former Illinois Football Player Goes on Rant Against Head Coach

Former Illinois football player Simon Cvijanovic went off on a rant targeting the Illini football team as well as head coach Tim Beckman on Sunday. Displaying anger and outright frustration, Cvijanovic  accused Beckman of abuse and “misuse of power.” In a Twitter rant that lasted hours and included dozens of tweets, Cvijanovic didn’t back down when faced with questions...
Via Sportsnaut
May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois Coach Tim Beckman Issues Statement In Response To Simon Cvijanovic’s Accusations

Sunday afternoon, former Illinois offensive guard Simon Cvijanovic, who injured his shoulder midway through last season and quit the team shortly after, went on a passionate Twitter rant about how he felt he was mistreated by the Illini coaching staff during his time in Champaign. A few hours later, Beckman and Illinois have issued a statement in response. Matt Wettersten of WCIA...
Via College Spun
May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Illinois OL Ted Karras Responds To Simon Cvijanovic’s Allegations, Says Former Teammate “Quit On His Brothers”

Former Illinois offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic posted a series of damning tweets about the Illini’s football program earlier this afternoon.  The former offensive tackle, whose college career ended last November when he injured his shoulder, made some serious allegations against head coach Tim Beckman and the Illinois athletic department. Among the allegations: he was pushed...
Via College Spun
May 10, 2015  |  Discuss

Have Beckman, Illinois Fighting Illini turned corner in recruiting?

How do you turn around a football program? The formula seems pretty simple — recruit players and coach ‘em up. For the Illinois Fighting Illini, that formula hasn’t blossomed over the first few years of the Tim Beckman era. But, something happened right last season and the Illini managed to get to .500 in regular season play. Positive momentum can be a good thing, and for Beckman...
Via Talking 10
March 19, 2015  |  Discuss

Photos: Illinois Is Breaking Out Its Throwbacks Again For Game vs. Indiana

Earlier in the season, Illinois wore throwback uniforms for its game against Missouri. The Illini won that December game 62-59, and now they’ll be looking to go 2-0 in the throwbacks, when Indiana comes to the State Farm Center this afternoon.  With Hoosiers in town, seems appropriate to break these out again today. #FlyinIllini #Throwbacks #Illini pic.twitter.com/GzZrhOf1l4...
Via College Spun
January 18, 2015  |  Discuss

Photos: Illinois Is Wearing Awesome Throwback Uniforms For Today’s Rivalry Game vs. Missouri

For the Illinois men’s basketball team, today is one of the biggest games of the year.  It’s just a non-conference contest, but the Fighting Illini are taking on their rival, Missouri. The game has already tipped off and is being televised on ESPN.  For the game, Illinois is wearing awesome throwback uniforms. Check them out:  How about these #Illini throwback unis for #BragginRights...
Via College Spun
December 20, 2014  |  Discuss
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