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Report: Illinois is focusing on Tim Beckman

Posted on: December 8, 2011 12:30 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2011 12:54 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

It appears that Illinois may be close to finding a new head coach to replace Ron Zook.

According to a report in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois is "zeroing in" on Toledo head coach Tim Beckman.

The report says that Beckman was meeting with his Toledo coaching staff on Thursday morning and also has a news conference scheduled for Thursday afternoon in which he is supposed to talk about Toledo's game against Air Force in the Military Bowl.

Beckman does meet the criteria that Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas said he was looking for in finding a replacement. He has head coaching experience having been at Toledo since 2008. He also has experience coaching under Jim Tressel at Ohio State and Urban Meyer at Bowling Green, and has strong recruiting ties in the Midwest because of it.

Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2011 11:54 pm

Report: Illinois is focusing on Tim Beckman

They need to find somebody who can recruit somewhere besides the Midwest. If you arent able to go south or west you are just talking to yourself and not making much sense. Try Gus Malzahn or Kirby Smart.

Since: Nov 15, 2008
Posted on: December 8, 2011 3:17 pm

Report: Illinois is focusing on Tim Beckman

Great - Sign for 5 years, get 7 million dollars in 4 years we get to look for a new coach.  Being an Illinois fan stinks.  (Fire Weber!)

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