Beckman will be back as Illinois coach in 2014
Illinois coach Tim Beckman will be back in 2014 after a second
consecutive losing season.
Athletic director Mike Thomas confirmed the decision Monday
through a spokesman.
The Illini finished 4-8 (1-7 Big Ten) in Beckman’s second season
at Illinois, and lost their finale 37-34 on Saturday to
Northwestern. He faced speculation about his job security through
much of the season, much as he had a year earlier when Illinois
Illinois spokesman Kent Brown said there hadn’t been any doubt
that Beckman would return for 2014.
”I don’t think there was ever any consideration of making a
change,” Brown said. Thomas and Beckman were traveling Monday and
not available for comment.
Beckman is finishing up the second year of a five-year contract
that paid him $1.7 million this year and $9 million in all. After
Saturday’s loss, Beckman sounded as if he expected to keep his
”We’re going to take this program one step forward each and
every day and make it better,” he said.
Defensive coordinator Tim Banks has been dogged by rumors that
he won’t be back. Illinois’ defense was at or near the bottom of
the Big Ten in most defensive categories. The team gave up 35.4
points a game (10th in the 12-team conference) and 481.5 yards
Banks said after the game that he hadn’t given much thought to
whether he’ll be back.
”All I can do is the best that I can. I think that the things I
have done as a coach for the past 18 years stand on their own,” he
said. ”No, to answer your question, I don’t worry about
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