Former University of Illinois football coach Tim Beckman, who was fired this past year on allegations of mistreating players, has now stepped away as a volunteer at the University of North Carolina.
It was announced on Wednesday that Beckman would be a volunteer coach for the Tar Heels defense, which brought some criticism to the program. Beckman and UNC head coach Larry Fedora have a long friendship, part of the reason Fedora gave Beckman a chance with the team. After the announcement on Wednesday, this was news to many around the Tar Heels program and the University.
Not more than one day later, Beckman put out a statement saying he would be stepping away from the program and according to ESPN, “I do not wish to be a further distraction to the team or University.”
This was no surprise that Beckman would be quote on quote “stepping away to not be a distraction.” Its very obvious that Fedora got a lot of heat for his decision to bring in Beckman in the first place, and got asked by people higher up in the ranks to ask him to leave. This circumstance for the ex-Illini coach continues to hurt his image and only diminishes his chances to land some type of coaching job.