Illinois fires Tim Beckman one week before season amid external review
Just one week before their season opener, the Illinois Fighting Illini have fired football coach Tim Beckman amid allegations of influencing medical decisions and pressuring players to play hurt, athletic director Mike Thomas announced Friday.
Thomas issued a statement that said the dismissal was related to preliminary results of an external review into the allegations, which also included efforts to avoid reporting players' injuries.
Why am I an Illinois fan again?
Beckman was a bum on and off the field so long-term this is probably for the best. Cubitt is also a pretty decent interim head coaching option. The timing of this is just cataclysmic though. AD Mike Thomas should be probably be next.