Illinois drops Beatty

Illinois drops Beatty

Illinois co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Chris Beatty isn't being retained by the school, Tim Beckman announced today.

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 our Illini football family. I wish him the best as he moves forward with his career.”

Illinois ranked last in the Big Ten in scoring and total offense.

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Railsplitter wrote on January 05, 2013 at 10:01 pm

Well, thats a start . Now if we just had a QB.

Green Shirt wrote on January 06, 2013 at 8:01 am

Without an effective offensive line nobody can be successful as an OC.

Bear8287 wrote on January 06, 2013 at 12:01 pm

> 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.

This seems to raise more questions than it provides answers.  What is the status of Coach Gonzales and if there's a search for a new OC, will that new coach be sharing play calling responsibilities like last season?

Coach Beckman probably has two more seasons to  show that the program is turning around.  Presumably the players will have to learn a new offense again for the upcoming season. Going to a fourth offensive scheme (pre Coach Beckman plus 3 under Coach Beckman) in 4 years probably won't be an option...  Choose wisely...

illinifaningeorgia wrote on January 06, 2013 at 3:01 pm

 

From ESPN Chicago, early Sunday afternoon:

Illinois has hired former Western Michigan head coach Bill Cubit to be its offensive coordinator, according to a source familiar with the situation.

Cubit was fired from Western Michigan in November after eight seasons. He went 51-47 overall and made three bowl appearances with the Broncos. Western Michigan was often among the MAC's offensive leaders in points and total offense during Cubit's tenure. The Broncos ranked 18th in the country in points (35.3) and 19th in total offense (458.5 yards per game) in 2011. Western Michigan averaged 29 points a game during Cubit's eight years.

And the love affair with the MAC continues....

 

Bear8287 wrote on January 06, 2013 at 11:01 pm

Thanks for the update.

Okay, so just to check that I have this straight. The Illini have hired the fired head coach of the one FBS team that they defeated in a 2-10 season to be a new offensive coordinator?

(Well, WMU did beat Illinois 23-17 in Detroit in 2008 and only lost by 3, 23-20 in Champaign in 2011. Not exactly high scoring games though...)

Go Illini!