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