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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: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:55 pm
 

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

For people saying the recruiting will drop off compared to zook..
a) how easy could it be to bring athletes good enough to win the MAC to dreary Toledo (no offense toledites)?
b) when he was at Ohio State he was one of out better recruiting.

Unlike Zook this guy will actually teach the players the finer points of the game.



Since: Jul 28, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:48 pm
 

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

Wow.  Not so good of a reception from fans.  Toledo is not an easy place to win. a 6-6 or 7-5 record there is actually a huge accomplishment.    As an Ohio State fan and a person who follows fb in fb i can vouch that TB had an excellent reputation as an assistant at OSU, and that he has a good rep as and Xs and Os guy and as a recruiter.   I was hoping that he would become osu's offensive coordinator under Meyer.   Illinois fans may not realize it yet, but this is a good hire.



Since: Apr 30, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:43 pm
 

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

I personally know somebody on the coaching staff at Toledo.  Beckman will not be coaching the bowl game.  Matt Campbell will take over as interim coach for the bowl game.  Best of luck Rockets!



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

I watched this guy in Toledo fo rth last few years and he has brought amazing talent there. If he wasnt leaving this year he would by next as the Rocket Team next year will be even more solid. I would agree with a few of the postings here about his team defense this year and there a few incidents of very poor clock management. I still think this is a great hire by the Illini.



Since: Feb 24, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:55 pm
 

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

Give the guy a chance before we start bashing him for crying out loud. In case you haven't noticed, there are a lot more attractive job openings out there than Illinois. As for your comment midwestboy about the perception of being a MAC team, well, we haven't exactly been tearing it up lately have we? Don't get me wrong, I'm an Illini fan, but we didn't really deserve a bowl game this year. It's our first back to back bowl games in 20 years and we only go to the Rose Bowl about every 30 years. There have been several times a small school guy has moved to AQ schools and had success. First thing he needs, and I mean NEEDS to do is announce that Vic Koenig is staying on as defensive coordinator.



Since: Jan 21, 2007
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:44 pm
 

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

Excellent hire by the Illini.  Coach Beckman has all ready built a solid program at Toledo that does things the right way and played Ohio State down to the wire.  Beckman has also recruited well and brought solid players to the Toledo program.  Mike Thomas took his time looking for a replacement and got a good one. 



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:35 pm
 

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

Thisis a rather questionable hire at best.  Beckman has very little experience as a head coach, and no experience as a head coach in an AQ Conference.  His record against temas in AQ Conferences is 2-6.  His teams have always been able to put points on the board, but his defenses have always been rather poor.  His defense gave up 63 points back to back this yer, at home.  That is not going to cut it in the Big 10, where defense means something.  If Beckman can wake up the Illini offense, which totally fell asleep in the 2nd half of the season, and keep the defense in tact, he can be successful.  One thing is clear.  The Michigan fan who said that this was a better hire than Urban Meyer was at Ohio State should try posting when he is sober.



Since: Mar 5, 2008
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:31 pm
 

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

Beckman is a great hire for Ill and a big loss for UT.  UT is better than many of the Big 10 teams this year.  They should have beaten OSU and would certainly beat U Ill.  Good luck!



Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

This Michigan fan thinks this is a great hire for Illinois.  Much better than Tatoo University's, I mean OSU's hiring of C.U.M.! 




Since: Apr 22, 2009
Posted on: December 9, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

Another OHIO joins the Big Ten.  Funny, I read statements from scUM fans that state 21-16 is not very good, Better record than the THRICE choice choke, I mean Coach Choke,  I mean Coach Hoke.  12-9-11 at 1:18pm and Michigan still sucks.


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