If you need a reprieve from basketball madness, the following is the latest on Tim Beckman’s attempt to resurrect a listing Illini football ship.
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CHAMPAIGN — Dillan Cazley and Keithan Hedrick chuckle at the memory.
Tyson chicken strips. DiGiorno pizzas. Hot pockets.
Lots of hot pockets.
By BOB ASMUSSEN
CHAMPAIGN — That didn’t take long.
Two days after an unexpected departure on his staff, Tim Beckman filled the position Thursday, hiring A.J. Ricker as his offensive line coach. Ricker started immediately, working Thursday’s afternoon practice.
Former Western Michigan offensive line coach A.J. Ricker is taking the same position at Illinois, a source close to the program said.
Ricker, who replaced Jim Bridge, is expected to work during this afternoon's spring practice.
CHAMPAIGN — The Illinois board of trustees has one less agenda item to deal with Thursday. And Tim Beckman needs another assistant coach.
Offensive line coach Jim Bridge’s two-year contract was scheduled to be approved this week. Instead, Bridge has left to join the Purdue staff in the same position.
A person familiar with the decision says Illinois offensive line coach Jim Bridge is leaving just over a month after he was hired.
Bridge is taking a job at Purdue, according to the person who was not authorized to publicly discuss the departure and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Tuesday.
Tim Beckman felt like his hands were tied when injuries exacerbated Illini depth shortages last fall.
Illinois football coach Tim Beckman says he has suspended wide receiver Darius Millines indefinitely but will not say why.
Beckman would only say Monday that the junior receiver had violated team policies. Beckman said he will re-evaluate Millines’ situation in early May. When asked if Millines could return he said the “ball’s in Darius’ court, now.”