Tim Beckman didn't fear for job

Updated: December 19, 2012, 6:48 PM ET
By Scott Powers | ESPNChicago.com

Coach Tim Beckman said Wednesday he never feared for his job after a 2-10 first season with Illinois.

"No," Beckman said. "I just got here."

The Illini won two of their first three games under Beckman, but dropped their final nine games, including all of their Big Ten contests. They ranked last in the league in scoring (11.8 points per game) and second to last in defense (35.1 points).

Amid rumors after the season that Beckman might be fired, Illinois athletic director ...

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