Football Coach Tim Beckman Fired Amid Controversy Over Player Injuries

4E Sports Staff

Chicago, IL, United States (NewsBahn) – The Illinois Fighting Illini have fired football coach Tim Beckman as allegations have surfaced of him influencing medical decisions and pressuring players to play hurt.

The university is reviewing the matter in which Beckman is also alleged to hide player injuries.

“The preliminary information external reviewers shared with me does not reflect our values or our commitment to the welfare of our student-athletes, and I’ve chosen to act accordingly,” AD Mike Thomas said. “During the review, we have asked people not to rush to judgment, but I now have enough information to make this decision in assessing the status and direction of the football program.”

Beckman denied the charges and hinted at legal action in response.

“I appreciate all the support I have received. Huge step in bettering athletics and in helping us prevent future wrongdoings ,” tweeted ex-lineman Simon Cvijanovic who raised similar allegations on Twitter in May

Beckman went 12-25 — and 4-20 in Big Ten play — in three seasons at Illinois, and will not receive the $3.1 million remaining on the final two years of his five-year pact.

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