CHAMPAIGN — Chris Beatty didn’t want to leave Illinois. In fact, he had been on the road recruiting for the school.
But during his long time as a football coach, Beatty has learned the good and bad of the profession. On Saturday came another reminder of the negative. The Illinois co-offensive and quarterbacks coach was told he isn’t being retained.
Did his dismissal come as a surprise?
“Not really,” Beatty said. “After the year we had, you know there are going to be some changes (Illinois finished last in the Big Ten in scoring and total offense). Having said that, it’s disappointing. It is what it is. Accept it and move on.”
Coach Tim Beckman begins a national search for an offensive coordinator. The position was shared in 2012 by Beatty and Billy Gonzales. No announcement has been made about the status of Gonzales.
“Chris Beatty is an outstanding person and a good coach,” Beckman said. “His family will always be a part of our Illini football family. I wish him the best as he moves forward with his career.”
Before joining Beckman’s staff, Beatty had worked at Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Northern Illinois and Hampton.
He will immediately start looking for his next job.
“You never know in this business what’s going to happen day to day, much less week to week or year to year,” Beatty said. “Hopefully, my resume prior to this stop kind of speaks for itself because we’ve been successful wherever we’ve been. Everything will work out. Everything happens for a reason.”