Ex-Illinois coach Tim Beckman is now a volunteer assistant at an ACC school
Some wondered how or if Tim Beckman would find work in college football following his nasty player abuse scandal at Illinois.
Well, Beckman is still in college football. He’s just not getting paid for it.
According to the News-Gazette, the former Illinois coach accepted a position as a volunteer assistant at the University of North Carolina. Beckman is currently helping out on the defensive side of the ball.
Why is that interesting? Illinois, of course, will host UNC in a prime-time game on Sept. 10. That will be Beckman’s first time back in Memorial Stadium since the fallout of the 2015 scandal, assuming volunteer assistants travel with the team.
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The news came almost a year to the day that Illinois announced that Beckman would not be coaching the team in 2015. He was let go because of the scandal and given a $250,000 settlement. That also led to the dismissal of Illinois AD Mike Thomas.
In his three seasons at Illinois, Beckman led the Illini to a 12-25 overall record and a 4-20 mark in the B1G. He made one bowl appearance. Beckman reunited with UNC coach Larry Fedora, whom he worked with at Oklahoma State in 2007.
How will he be received by the Memorial Stadium faithful? That might not be a friendly reunion.