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Illini’s Beckman ‘Shocked’ By OK State Allegations

Tim Beckman. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Tim Beckman. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

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(CBS) The allegations that Oklahoma State players received cash payments and perks over the past 13 years shocked Illinois head coach Tim Beckman, who was the Cowboys’ defensive coordinator from 2007-08.

The report from Sports Illustrated, which does not name Beckman, was released Tuesday morning.

“I was unaware of any illegal activity in my short time there,” Beckman said in a text message to the Tribune.

To conduct its report, SI said it began a 10-month probe that included interviews with 64 Oklahoma State football players from 1999 to 2011, as well as current and former staff members.