Ex-Illini coach Beckman out as volunteer assistant at UNC
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.''