Where there’s smoke, there’s fired.

Color me a little surprised with the speed of the decision, but Illinois just announced the firing of Tim Beckman, a week before the start of the season.  Must’ve been one hell of an internal investigation.

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14 responses to “Where there’s smoke, there’s fired.

  1. 3rdandGrantham

    It was clearly a money saving effort as well, in which surely this will head to the courts, according to the released statement from the AD:

    “Beckman will not receive the $3.1 million remaining on the last two years of his original five-year contract or the $743,000 called for if his contract had been bought out.”

    That’s a hell of a predicament to put your team in by firing the coach a week before kickoff, but then again this is Illinois football we’re talking about here. Kinda like when ESPN scrolls Serie A or bundesliga soccer scores at the bottom of the screen, like they did last night during the little league world series. I mean, come on…does anyone really care?

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  2. ASEF

    B1G: Hypocrisy Personified

    Whether it was due to money or not, it was the right call.

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  3. Mike

    The guy made Ron Zook look competent. That took some doing.

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    • Dog in Fla

      Recollecting Zooker goes to frat row makes me miss Houston, we’ve got a people helping problem; Lane, where’s my car dude; SOD the Germans are coming so put some soap on the skin and Boom goes the dynamite. I hope the new iteration of SEC head coaches reaches the same level of hilarity that the old ones did

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  4. Bulldog Joe

    What took them so long?

    Aside from the injury finagling, he was 4-20 in the conference and 12-25 overall.

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    • 3rdandGrantham

      At Illinois that aint half bad. Speaking of Zook, I’ll never forget the day he was introduced at Illinois. He kept pronouncing the “s” at the end of Illinois, which was beyond embarrassing. He was basically like, “I’m so excited to be here at Illinoise; Illinoise is a great place…etc…”and I’m sitting there thinking to myself: he’s perhaps the highest paid state employee in the state, yet he can’t even pronounce the states name correctly.

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    • illini84

      Thomas waited for the report like he should have.

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    • Dog in Fla

      “4-20 in the conference”

      means it’s time to smoke two joints in the morning

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      • Scorpio Jones, III

        Much prefer the Fu Bai Breakfast…. a beer, a shot of Tequila and a big, fat, blunt. That’ll get the day off to a great start.

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  5. NCDawg

    Big loser here? Pat Narduzzi. One more fall at MSU and he’s the HC at Illinois and not pitt.

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  6. 69Dawg

    So the B1G is once again a 3.5 team conference. I can’t wait for the selection committee to tell us about the schedule counting. Can tOSU get 2 tough games out of their schedule? It’s like the Golden Domers and their 5 game schedule. This year is going to be the year the CFP get to be a dumpster fire.

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