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Beckman vows to fight back
Fired Illinois football coach Tim Beckman released a statement that read in part: "First and foremost, I firmly deny the implications in Mike [Thomas]'s statements that I took any action that was not in the best interests of the health, safety and well-being of my players. The health and well-being of our student athletes is of paramount importance to me, and any statement made to the contrary is utterly false."
Dan Murphy ESPN Staff Writer
Former Illinois player Simon Cvijanovic says he wants to help establish better protocol for reporting medical issues. "I'd like to say that it is definitely a step in the right direction," Cvijanovic said in a text to ESPN.com. "Following the findings of the university, I am calling a meeting of the University of Illinois, the Big Ten, and the NCAA to discuss how to move forward. Clearly the current system of medical reporting and student athlete representation needs to be addressed." Cvijanovic's tweets about coach Tim Beckman in May started a chain of events that led to Illinois firing Beckman Friday afternoon.
Tim Beckman's dismissal as the football coach was just another example of scandal and turmoil at Illinois.
Illinois interim coach Bill Cubit was successful as the Fighting Illini's offensive coordinator and has 17 years' experience as a head coach.
Players, recruits express surprise over firing of Illinois coach Tim Beckman, but at least a couple of former players have no problem with the move.
Tim Beckman's firing Friday was a long time coming. His antics might've been entertaining to some, but he was simply an embarrassment to the program.
ESPN's Ryan McGee talks about Tim Beckman's record at Illinois, the investigation into Beckman's treatment of players, how common player mistreatment is in CFB and fining student-athletes.
Danny Kanell and Jen Lada give their takes on Tim Beckman's dismissal from Illinois, Beckman's treatment of Simon Cvijanovic and the team's record during Beckman's tenure.
VanHaaren: Recruiting battle for Illini
Tim Beckman wasn't long for Illinois, but his firing is likely going to hinder recruiting efforts. Says RB Kentrail Moran: "A lot of players were scared to commit because they were scared this was going to happen. I think this is going to hurt recruiting." Uphill fight (Insider)
Tim Beckman's dismissal from Illinois could have a long-term ripple effect on the program, with possible decommitments now likely.
Adam Rittenberg ESPN Staff Writer
How good is Illinois job? Location is a plus near so many major cities. In weaker Big Ten division. Facilities updated recently. Like North Carolina, Illinois always has had potential to be much more than it has been. Right coach could get Illini on track, but history of inconsistency and dysfunction concerning.
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