Tim Beckman has been fired as the head coach of Illinois just days before the start of the season, according to the team’s official website.
The Fighting Illini have terminated the coaches contract after “citing preliminary results of an external review into allegations involving the program.”
Throughout the off-season, former football players alleged Beckman was mentally, verbally and physically abusive to them. Beckman has now finally been removed from his position of power, after willfully neglecting his duty of care.
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Credit has to go to Football Scoops on Twitter, who were the first to break the news of Beckman’s impending termination.
Playing With Injuries
Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas said he learned of “efforts to deter injury reporting and influence medical decisions that pressured players to avoid or postpone medical treatment and continue playing despite injuries.”
There were also instances of players being “treated inappropriately with respect to whether they could remain on scholarship during the spring semester of their senior year if they weren’t on the team.”
One player who responded to Beckman’s firing was former offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic, who accused Beckman in May of forcing to play through injuries and other forms of “abuse and misuse of power.”
Cvijanovic said that Beckman didn’t allow him to have surgery on his knee and now he has to have permanent physiotherapy to keep the pain at ease.
It was also revealed that players who were injured were made to wear purple jerseys – the color of Illinois’ rival Northwestern – at practice to make them stand out. Beckman then called these players “pussies” and ridiculed them.
Beckman also punished a player for going to see his cancer-stricken on his 50th birthday, by moving his locker into a basement and treating like he let down the entire program.
See you later Tim Beckman, you won’t be missed.