Illinois football: Fighting Illini won't fire Tim Beckman

Tim Beckman is staying put after winning six games in two years

12/3/13 in NCAAF   |   Tyler_Waddell   |   407 respect

Despite winning just one Big Ten Conference game in two seasons, Steve Greenberg of The Chicago Sun-Times reports that Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas has decided to stick with Tim Beckman as the head coach. Blog Photo - Illinois football: Fighting Illini won't fire Tim Beckman

The Fighting Illini are 6-18 (1-15) since Beckman was hired before the start of the 2012 season, including a nine- and six-game losing streak. Two of his six total wins are against FCS schools, and the most impressive coming against Cincinnati at home in Week 2 of this year.

Beckman’s first and only conference win came on November 23 in a close battle with hapless Purdue. In all other Big Ten matchups dating back to September of last year, Illinois has been outscored by an average of 21.5 points—showing a huge lack of competitiveness.

Illinois’ offensive numbers shot up from 16.7 points per game in 2012 to 29.7 this season, but that couldn’t make up for the defense’s incompetence of allowing a second-to-last 40.8 points in conference play (35.4 points overall).

I understand giving a coach time to get the players he recruited into the system, but even 2014 looks bleak. Quarterback Nathan Scheelehaase was basically the anchor of the team and the catalyst of any offensive success, and he won’t be back.

Beckman avoided the pink slip after year two. If he wants a fourth year, he’ll need to hire a defensive coordinator that can help keep the Illini in games and continue to recruit the Chicago area well.

He’ll also need to do more than just beating Purdue by four points.


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12/4/13   |   mattt1986

After being a season ticket holder for 8 years through the mediocre Zook era, it only took 1 year of Beckman for me to decide that it wasn't worth it my money anymore. Let's hope this administration decides to dump Beckman long before they decided to dump Zook. Even with a new fancy stadium and scoreboard, it's not worth my time and money driving 3 hours each weekend to see these guys get their pants beaten off.

They should take Iowa State's place in the Big 12, they'd be much better matched to other teams. Then IA State can go play for Mid America conference or whoever.

12/3/13   |   Scott   |   49406 respect

I was hoping the declining home attendance the last half of this season would be enough for Mike Thomas to pull the plug.  Hopefully after the end of the 2014 football season Illini fans can be rid of both Thomas and Beckman