Beckman responds to Franczek Radelet report

Beckman responds to Franczek Radelet report

Former Illini head coach Tim Beckman on Monday afternoon issued a statement through his attorney, Bruce Braun, regarding the Franczek Radelet report:

"During his tenure as the head football coach at the University of Illinois, coach Tim Beckman always acted first and foremost with the well-being and safety of his players in mind, and he categorically rejects any conclusion to the contrary contained within the University of Illinois’ report on “Injury Management and Scholarship Renewal.” Coach Beckman never intentionally placed a player in harm’s way, and while motivating his players to reach their full potential on and off the football field, he relied on the university’s trained medical professionals to determine when a player was unfit for practice or game participation. As the report itself notes:

  • many of Coach Beckman’s players “reported positive experiences with injury assessment, treatment, recovery periods, and return-to-play decisions”; 
  • Coach Beckman “attempted to help players stay healthy and avoid injuries by repeatedly discussing health topics”;
  • Coach Beckman “made efforts to assist [injured players] by visiting players in the hospital after surgery and taking time to console players about the challenge of being unable to play”; and 
  • “Coach Beckman’s conduct reflected a genuine interest in student-athlete welfare.” 
  • With regard to scholarships, the university had processes in place governing the withdrawal and release of scholarships. Coach Beckman deferred to the professionals in charge of those processes. 

The conclusions in the report to the contrary are nothing more than the university’s thinly veiled post-hoc attempt to justify his unjustified and precipitous termination by former athletic director Mike Thomas – a man the university itself now has terminated. The report’s conclusions have not been tested by the adversarial process, and Coach Beckman is confident that once that has been done, he will be vindicated. 

It is also worth noting that the university’s report does not focus on the many positives during Coach Beckman’s tenure as head football coach – increased graduation rates, increased grade point averages, improvements in community citizenship and a marked drop in off-the-field incidents. As even the report notes, during his tenure there were “a variety of points emphasized under [his] leadership of the Football Program that attempted to achieve positive student-athlete experiences, ranging from athletic success, academic performance, leadership training, and discipline to achieve success in football and beyond.”

Braun is with the Chicago law firm Sidley Austin LLP, and is considered a top-notch litigator.

He graduated from the University of Virginia law school and served as a law clerk to Supreme Court Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist.

He has represented Microsoft in antitrust, trade secret and Intellectual property disputes, and McDonald’s in a groundbreaking childhood obesity class action.


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BruckJr wrote on November 09, 2015 at 5:11 pm

I don't understand the need for the last three paragraphs.  Is this intended to be some sort of promo for the mouthpiece Braun?

jdstieg wrote on November 09, 2015 at 6:11 pm

I believe what they are saying is look for another big pay day for Tim Beckman.

fuddrules wrote on November 10, 2015 at 7:11 am

Beckman will have a strong cases.   If they fired him for not being a good football coach and paid his contract, all would be fine. 

But Beckman didn't mistreat football players.  They've tarnished who he is as a person and really damaged his future earning based on.......nothing.   Beckman is a good person just not a Big Ten football coach.   

Mikeydamouth wrote on November 10, 2015 at 9:11 am

It will be years before Beckman gets any money if at all. You know how things can get tied up in a court. Why don't he just man up and go away?

jjohnson wrote on November 10, 2015 at 10:11 am

mikeydamouth, why don't you "man-up" and if you are going to make such an obnoxious statement, not hide behind net anonymity.

John Johnson

Tucson, Arizona

Season Ticket holder and I-Fund contributor