Beckman irked at SI article

CHAMPAIGN — Tim Beckman didn’t waste much time once practice ended Monday morning at Memorial Stadium to refute a recent Sports Illustrated story about the Illini.

In the piece, which appeared online last Tuesday, Beckman was quoted at the end of the article saying, “I want this program to get better. That’s the bottom line. And that means five or six wins.”

Before any of the assembled media could ask a question after Illinois conducted its first practice in 10 days, Beckman pointed to his right wrist.

On it is a bracelet with the date “12-6-14.” The date of the 2014 Big Ten championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

Beckman said he was misquoted in the article, written by Chris Johnson.

“I don’t know how that got quoted that way, but it wasn’t quoted the way that it should be, of course,” Beckman said. “You want to win and go for championships. That’s why you’re in this profession.”

Some may scoff at the notion Illinois may wind up at the conference’s fourth championship game this December considering Illinois is 3-21 in the Big Ten since 2011, the first year the title game was held.

“Whatever it takes for us to get to that, that’s always what our goals are,” Beckman said. “If you get to that game, with the new concept of having this bowl system and the four-game (playoff), you’re going to have a great chance to play for a national championship. Our goals are always to be at Lucas Oil.”

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aaeismacgychel wrote on April 01, 2014 at 7:04 pm

Oh Timmy The Clown, lol... If only he coached at Michigan, we'd all be able to laugh and laugh and laugh.  Sigh... I'll typically give coaches the benefit of the doubt, but let's face it, this definitely falls under the "yeah, I can see him saying that" category, as I don't think he has enough functional brain cells to say something like, "I want this program to get better.  That means to build off last season by being competitive in every game and turn those close losses into victories, and then the following year perform at an even higher level.  To just improve year after year, and work towards winning that B10 Championship.", or you know, basically the same thing most other coaches would say in that situation.  But good ol' Timmy The Clown.  Always good for a laugh.  At least this is better than Tobaccogate, National Lampoon's Happy Valley Recruiting Vacation, Dude let's hold a scrimmage at a high school because reading NCAA rulebooks is haaaaaard, and the Debacle 'O Derp in the Desert.  Maybe he's improving?

pberg wrote on April 03, 2014 at 1:04 pm


No I dont think it was quoted incorrectly.  If they dont stop somebody nobody on offense is going to score enough points to win 4 games or 5. I think he is delusional talking about Lucas Oil Stadium. I know what is going to happen. He will win enough games that he will stick around a few more years.  All the talk is about no one will want to come here if you get rid of someone so quickly.  Well we wound up with Beckman how much lower can we go

jgrout wrote on April 04, 2014 at 7:04 pm

How could Illinois go lower?  Hire some of the posters on here...