Could be a make-or-break season for Illinois' Tim Beckman, who is 12-25 entering his fourth season as coach. Only four of the 12 victories have come in Big Ten play. The Fighting Illini open Sept. 4 against Kent State.
How patient will Illinois be with Tim Beckman? This could be a make-or-break season for the 49-year-old coach, who is 6-18 in two seasons. But here's the bad part: the Fighting Illini's record in Big Ten play under Beckman is 1-15, with the only victory coming last season at lowly Purdue.
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Tim Beckman's first season at Illinois was a disappointment. The Fighting Illini finished 2-10, with only one of the losses coming by less than 14 points. This fall is not looking much better because of the team's overwhelming youth. Nonetheless, Illinois won't have to stray far from home. Seven games are at Champaign and an eighth (against Washington) is at Chicago's Soldier Field.
New coach Tim Beckman, who is front and center in Illinois' poster schedule, stepped into a good situation. The Fighting Illini, who are 1-1 after a road loss at Arizona State, have a one in four chance of playing in the Big Ten title game. As a member of the Leaders Division, only four teams — Indiana, Purdue, Wisconsin and Illinois — are eligible for postseason competition in 2012. The other members — Ohio State and Penn State — are ineligible.