Ron Turner: 'Stay the course'
Loren Tate caught up with former Illinois coach Ron Turner, who knows what Tim Beckman is going through. Turner, now coaching with the NFL's Buccaneers, started 0-11 here in 1997, won a Big Ten championship in 2001 and finished his eight-year run in a 4-19 tailspin.
“Losing is obviously tough on everybody, and it’s hard to generate confidence within the team,” Turner said. “I’m not telling Beckman what to do but in these situations you have to stay the course with what you believe in. Everyone has core values and, while you may tweak some things, you have to stay with those values. And it’s important that the staff sell the same as the coach, exactly the same.
“The players are going to hear the mumblings and grumblings. There’s nothing you can do about that. You simply work through it. When you win, it will change.”
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