Ex-Illini coach Beckman out as volunteer assistant at UNC

FILE - In this Dec. 26, 2014, file photo, former University of Illinois head coach Tim Beckman watches from the sidelines during an NCAA college football game in Dallas. Former Illinois coach Beckman is working as a volunteer assistant at No. 22 North Carolina. UNC team spokesman Kevin Best said Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, in an email to The Associated Press that Beckman was working as a defensive coach. Illinois fired Beckman a week before the 2015 opener after a law firm hired by the university concluded he interfered in player medical decisions and pressured players to play through injuries. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) North Carolina says former Illinois coach Tim Beckman is out as a volunteer assistant with the 22nd-ranked Tar Heels.

Beckman and three school officials said in statements issued Thursday night by the school that Beckman – fired by Illinois last year amid allegations of player mistreatment – would not continue in that position.

Chancellor Carol Folt said she didn't learn of Beckman's role with the team until Wednesday, and was ''surprised and disappointed.''

The announcement came a day after Fedora and school officials first disclosed Beckman's appointment as a volunteer assistant, allowing him to interact with players but not instruct them as a coach.

Beckman said he appreciated the opportunity but added that ''I do not wish to be a further distraction.''