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Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:38 am
Edited on: December 9, 2011 10:48 am
Posted by Chip Patterson

Illinois has hired Toledo's Tim Beckman to replace Ron Zook as head football coach, according to the Associated Press.

An AP source at the the University of Toledo confirmed that Beckman told his players on Friday that he has accepted the recently-vacated Illini job. Zook was fired after Illinois's 6-0 start finished with a six-game losing streak and berth to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against UCLA.

Toledo was Beckman's first stop as a head coach after serving as an assistant at Bowling Green, Ohio State, and Oklahoma State - where he was defensive coordinator from 2007-2008. In three seasons with the Rockets Beckman has compiled a 21-16 record and two straight bowl bids. Toledo (8-4) is slated to play Air Force in the Military Bowl, Beckman is not expected to coach that game.

Illinois is reportedly expected to hold a press conference this afternoon to introduce Beckman as the new head football coach.

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Since: Aug 25, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 8:05 pm

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

Illinois needs to file for that same ridiculous waiver that Ohio State got that allows Urban Meyer and his new staff to recruit while Luke Fickell and the old staff coach.

Since: Aug 28, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 7:57 pm

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

6 and 6 and heading towards a bowl game? Where's the pride? That's pitiful. The Illini need to hire an ex-Bear!

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:38 pm

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

Best advice for Beckman, and any & all Illini football coaches, past & present, is: don't buy a house, rent one instead.

Since: Nov 29, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 6:11 pm

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

Thanks for sharing your negative BS!! 

Since: Nov 18, 2010
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:52 pm

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

It won't matter what Beckman does as far as the Illini go. If he does great, and gets Illinois a few winning seasons he will use it as a steping stone and go on to a "bigger and better" university.  If he does nothing but dwell on in .500 seasons with small bowl bids then the fans will turn on him and run him out just like Zook.  Zook took aver a total disaster at the U of I and got them back to seeing bowl games again, and it wasn't enough.  So what is expected of Beckman since he is taking over a program that is already at .500 and seeing bowl games?  Pretty sure the end will be the same for U of I fans, either watching a coach leave for greener pastures or watching him get the boot.

Since: May 13, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:02 pm

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

It is a good hire for Illinois.....WELCOME TIM!!! We halfway attempted Tressel and ended up with Beckman.  We will be fine in the recruitment area with him. Thank you Ron Zook...but, bye.

Since: Oct 19, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 5:01 pm

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

Great hire.

Since: Jan 13, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 4:27 pm

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

This is a good hire for Illinois. Face value, recruiting could slack off - Zook was an excellent recruiter, and how he got so many talented players to Illinois is beyond me. Beckman probably won't have as much success, but it's not just about recruiting good players - it's about coaching them into great players. Beckman can take a bunch of "leftovers" and go bowling with them - Zook got all the talent and couldn't do squat. Imagine what he'll be able to do at Illinois when he'll actually get some decent recruits.

Good luck, Illini. Things are going to start getting better for you.

Since: Dec 30, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:44 pm

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

Free Safety-

It's not that we are not warm in receiving Beckman, it just further hammers home the point of our place on the CFB pecking order.  OSU signs Urban Meyer and we sign a guy who most people have never heard of.  I think the general sentiment of Illinois football fans is that we/I were hoping to take the next step and bring in a big name to follow up Zook.  I was never a big fan of Zook as a coach, but his name had a brand and recruiting power.  Maybe Beckman's style and hands on approach will bring some excitement back to Champaign.  Frustrating when your team is good every 5-6 years and great every 10-15.  The 2002 Sugar Bowl and the 2007 Rose Bowl were two very good teams that gave us some hope that we could take the next step in the Big 10.  I guess many of us are coming to the realization that this is how Illinois football will be: A lot of mediocre with a year or two of maybe competing for a Big 10 title.  Ron Turner had early success and faded, Zook had early success and faded.  This job is looking more like a dead end than a stepping stone.  I'm willing to give him a fair chance and see what he can do-

Since: Jan 2, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 3:23 pm

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

honestly this was a good hire, beckman should be able to eruit fine, and id ather get 3 star prospects and go 8-4, then have 4 star reruiting and 6-6, 5-7. he turned toleo around. they were in shambles when he got there, they had that point shaving thing, an they were in a 3 year bowl drought,  in his seond year he went 8-4, this year he went 8-4, he always schedules touhg, his offenses put up a lot of points and their balanced too, good mix of run a pass, his defense wasnt good this yea so hopefully we keep koenning who has done a great job.

Go Illini

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