Third year’s a charm?
Athletic director Mike Thomas on Monday said Tim Beckman will return for a third season at Illinois. Here's a look at how the last six Illini coaches have fared in their third season.
COACH YEAR RECORD FINISH
Ron Zook 2007 9-4 Upset of No. 1 Ohio State led Illini to Rose Bowl
Ron Turner 1999 8-4 Season ended with throttling of Virginia in MicronPC.com Bowl
Lou Tepper 1994 7-5 Blanked East Carolina in Liberty Bowl
John Mackovic 1990 8-4 Big Ten champions (6-2) lost to Clemson in Hall of Fame Bowl
Mike White 1982 7-5 Four of losses were by a combined 18 points, including Liberty Bowl setback to Alabama
Gary Moeller 1979 2-8-1 Moeller didn’t see a fourth season after winless Big Ten campaign