Welp, the Illinois AD is swinging into action in response to Simon Cvijanovic’s heated claims of mistreatment by head coach Tim Beckman. And it’s good to know he’s approaching his task with an open mind.
Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas said Monday the allegations made by former offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic amounted to a “personal attack” on coach Tim Beckman, but Thomas added that he would internally investigate the claims in the near future with the university chancellor’s office.
Thomas defended Beckman and the team medical staff in a conference call Monday with reporters, addressing Cvijanovic’s claims from Sunday of medical mistreatment and a physical attack by Beckman on another player. He said Cvijanvoic’s allegations did not correlate with his review of records.
“He’s put the welfare of this young man above everything else,” Thomas said of Beckman’s care for Cvijanovic. “The feedback I get from players and our players’ families is that our coaches genuinely care for them and treat them like their own children.”
Thomas declined to provide a timeline or say who would be interviewed. He added that he did not plan to make the findings of the internal investigation public.
Hey, trust him, it’ll be a thorough job by the man who hired Beckman in the first place. I mean, it’s not like his judgment’s on the line or anything, right?
Andrew Weber, a kicker who played at Toledo under Beckman, also said on Twitter he had similar experiences with the coach as Cvijanovic.
“We had the exact same issues,” he tweeted to Cvijanovic on Monday. “Thanks for standing up! Be proud!”
… Thomas said he was unaware of any past issues at Toledo, where Beckman coached before being hired by Thomas at Illinois after the 2011 season.
Again, barring the kid suing the school, I doubt this is going anywhere. But Beckman might think about winning a few more games. It’s funny how stuff like this can grow more significant in hindsight when you’re losing.