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Tim Beckman

Tim Beckman.  (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini’s Beckman Needs A Win To Create Any Believers

It’s that simple. Yet, of course, for the Fighting Illini, it isn’t at all.

670 The Score–10/29/2013

Barry Alvarez.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

Wisch: Alvarez’s Wisconsin Remains Blueprint For Illini

here was a time when Wisconsin football was Illinois football.

670 The Score–10/19/2013

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

Wisch: Picking ‘Naming Rights’ For Big Ten Coaches

To show I’m not just blowing smoke, here are some other suggested sponsors for a few of the Big Ten basketball and football coaches:

670 The Score–10/08/2013

Nathan Scheelhaase (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Seeing Red In Illini’s First Big Ten Trip To Nebraska

The Illini don’t have a Red Grange this season, but with Bill Cubit’s offense they may have more than a Galloping Ghost of a chance vs. the Huskers.

670 The Score–10/04/2013

Tim Beckman.  (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Illini Football Has Chicago Options For 2015

I’ve compiled a list of nonconference opponents that also have an open date on Sept. 5, 2015.

670 The Score–09/20/2013

Nathan Scheelhaase (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Calling For An Illini Football Encore In Chicago

If Illinois wants more fans to end up making the 140-mile trip down to Champaign, they likely have to bring the product up to them first.

670 The Score–09/17/2013

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

Wisch: Tim Beckman Can Win – With A Great O-Coordinator

If Tim Beckman’s coaching career at Illinois really does go from knocking on death’s door to cracking – or even kicking – it open for his return in 2014, he’ll probably be able to thank heavens for one person.

670 The Score–09/12/2013

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

Illini’s Beckman ‘Shocked’ By OK State Allegations

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.

670 The Score–09/10/2013

Nathan Scheelhaase (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Wisch: Can Illini’s Cincinnati Shocker Spark A Big Season?

What a difference a week makes.

670 The Score–09/10/2013

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

Wisch: Behold Illinois Football – Where Even Wins Don’t Feel Good

Behold, Illinois football: Where even wins don’t feel like them.

09/03/2013

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

Wisch: What Does Tim Beckman Need To Do To Survive?

Beckman’s debut squad lost all eight Big Ten conference games by an average score of 37-13 and finished the season a sadsack 2-10.

670 The Score–08/30/2013

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

Wisch: Coaching, Not Admission Standards, Is Illini’s Primary Problem

Stanford does it. So does Michigan. Notre Dame, Wisconsin and Vanderbilt do it, too.

670 The Score–08/06/2013

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

Wisch: For Illini Fans, Football Excitement Is In Short Supply

In all honesty, though, it’s just tough to get jazzed about Tim Beckman’s encore when his opening performance hit all the wrong notes during a 2-10 campaign that included nine straight losses to close out the season.

670 The Score–08/02/2013

Ron Zook

Wisch: Illini AD Shouldn’t Be Investing Time In Debating Zook

Things Illini Nation learned this past week: 1) Ron Zook now works for a bank, and 2) Mike Thomas is willing to invest time in rebutting him.

670 The Score–07/18/2013

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

Wisch: Illini’s Beckman Struggling To Tackle In-State Recruiting

If Beckman can’t get things turned around soon – both on the field and with the state’s best athletes – he won’t be worrying about recruiting rankings for long.

670 The Score–07/11/2013

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

Sports Illustrated Names Illini’s Beckman Top 5 Worst Coach In College Football

Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel compiled a ranking of the best and worst college football coaches in the country – and it’s not good for the University of Illinois.

CBS Chicago–07/08/2013

Wes Lunt. ( Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Wisch: Does Lunt Make Beckman’s Job Status More Secure?

With Lunt now officially an Illini, however, Beckman has in his program a quarterback who’s probably Illinois’ best – on paper, at least – since former pro Kurt Kittner. But the looming question hanging above Lunt’s transfer is will Beckman ever get a chance to actually coach the QB in a real game?

CBS Chicago–06/19/2013

John Groce, Tim Beckman and Terry Boers. (Credit: CBS)

Illini Roundtable On Boers & Bernstein

Now that 670 The Score will be the new home for University of Illinois basketball and football, The Boers and Bernstein Show hosted an Illini roundtable in studio on Wednesday afternoon.

CBS Chicago–05/09/2013

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

Wisch: Has Optimism For Illini Football Ever Been Lower?

From 1994-98, I was a student at the University of Illinois, and during those four years I saw a grand total of 14 football victories.

CBS Chicago–04/13/2013

Illini helmet logo. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Illini Hire Colby As Defensive Line Coach

) Illinois hired a familiar face to coach its defensive line in Greg Colby.

CBS Chicago–02/12/2013

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