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Illinois hires Toledo's Tim Beckman

Updated: December 9, 2011, 11:40 PM ET
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Tim Beckman has rebuilt a program before.

He inherited a mess when he took over at Toledo, where the Rockets had finished three straight losing seasons and were in the middle of a point-shaving scandal.

At Illinois, the 46-year-old Beckman isn't walking into a gambling crisis but there are steep hills ahead.

The Illini are in the middle of a six-game losing streak that has given them an unwanted place in the record books. Much of an already unhappy fan base ...

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