CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — As the one-year anniversary of his firing at Illinois approaches, Tim Beckman has a new gig.
North Carolina officials confirmed Tuesday that Beckman is a volunteer assistant on Larry Fedora’s staff.
The Tar Heels play at Memorial Stadium in a prime-time game on Sept. 10.
No word yet on whether Beckman will be a part of the travel party.
Beckman was unavailable for comment Tuesday night.
Beckman was fired by Mike Thomas on Aug. 28, 2015, and replaced on an interim basis by Bill Cubit.
To end any future litigation, Beckman was given a one-time $250,000 settlement from Illinois.
Fedora and Beckman worked together in 2007, at Oklahoma State, Fedora as offensive coordinator and Beckman in charge of the defense.
Beckman’s much-maligned Illinois tenure included three losing seasons and one bowl bid.
His Illinois teams went 12-25 overall, 4-20 in the Big Ten.
He temporarily saved his job with a two-game win streak at the end of the 2014 season.
But an investigation into his program was launched after a Mother’s Day Twitter tirade by former Illini lineman Simon Cvijanovic.
The findings of the report led to his dismissal.
Beckman has been mostly silent since he was fired a week before the start of the 2015 season.
He talked to The News-Gazette the day Cubit was given the full-time job in November.
He also participated in a story for The News-Gazette football yearbook, offering advice to new coach Lovie Smith.