The 2015 season has not even begun yet, but it appears we have our first fired coach.
Illinois announced on Friday afternoon that it has fired coach Tim Beckman ahead of its first game.
Here's what you need to know about what went into Illinois' decision, and where the program will go from here.
1. The decision was made following preliminary results of an external review into allegations involving the football program. Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas said the decision to fire Beckman came after he received preliminary information from an investigation into the football program. The investigation of Beckman and the Illinois football program -- as well as other Illinois athletic programs -- came following allegations of mistreatment by former players.
“The preliminary information external reviewers shared with me does not reflect our values or our commitment to the welfare of our student-athletes, and I've chosen to act accordingly,” said Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas in a release. “During the review, we have asked people not to rush to judgment, but I now have enough information to make this decision in assessing the status and direction of the football program.”
2. The information received alleged that Beckman pressured players to play through their injuries. Thomas said that, during a briefing with external reviewers, he learned of efforts on Beckman's part to "deter injury reporting and influence medical decisions that pressured players to avoid or postpone medical treatment and continue playing despite injuries."
“Both of those findings are unsettling violations of University policy and practice and do not reflect the culture that we wish to create in athletic programs for our young people,” Thomas said. “I expect my coaches to protect players and foster their success on and off the field.”
3. Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit will take over as interim head coach. Cubit came to Illinois for the 2013 season and took over the offense. Before joining Illinois, though, Cubit had plenty of experience running his own program. He was the head coach at Western Michigan from 2005-17, going 51-47 in eight seasons. Cubit will receive a $400,000 raise ($100,000 per month) now that he's been promoted to interim head coach.
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