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.