Sharp reader @adamstar83 tweeted a photo to me of Illinois coach Tim Beckman surrounded by a decent gathering of media at his podium Monday in Chicago, on the first day of Big Ten media days. Can’t tell how many media are in the photo (go on, check it out and take a guess) but I’m
If you’ve ever been to SEC media days at the Wynfrey Hotel in Hoover, Ala., you know that Nick Saban can’t buy a key chain in the gift shop without being mauled — in the most loving of ways — by upward of a billion crimson-clad supporters. And those are just the reporters who are
Illinois football head coach Tim Beckman was the fourth coach to speak at “Big Ten Media Day” at the Hilton Chicago. Before talking about the Fighting Illini, Beckman addressed the loss of former offensive lineman, Shawn Afryl, who died on Monday, July 21st. “Before I get started talking about the Fighting Illini, I want to
Tyler Griffey is best known by Illinois basketball fans for a single second — the final one of a Feb. 7, 2013 game in which his layup beat the buzzer and No. 1-ranked Indiana. To get to that moment, though, Griffey, a senior that season, was pouring dozens of hours per week into basketball. Routinely
Ask Tim Beckman or a member of his staff if Wes Lunt will start at quarterback in 2014, and you’ll get a two-part answer: (1) “The competition for the starting job is ongoing”; and (2) eyes that say yes, yes, a thousand times yes, Lunt will be the guy over senior Reilly O’Toole or sophomore
CHAMPAIGN — Not everything I discussed with Tim Beckman made it into the version of the interview than ran in the Sun-Times print edition. In fact, much of our conversation ended up on the cutting-room floor. Below are some of the snippets I saved.
Napoleon had his Waterloo nearly two centuries ago. Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas had a pleasant lunch interrupted by yours truly in the town of Waterloo, Ill., just last week. It’s hard to guess which guy’s experience was worse.
Met with Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas the other day to discuss the 2014 football season and the ever-speculated-about status of coach Tim Beckman. More on that discussion soon. Some Illini fans requested that I slip in their questions for Thomas. Those that were too leading — “How did he get an extension? let alone
Tim Beckman is still disappointed about a Sports Illustrated story from a couple of months back in which the Illinois coach was quoted as saying improvement in the 2014 season could come in the form of “five or six wins.”
ESPN poured its nerd power into a 1-128 ranking of all the FBS teams in 2014. Supposedly, this poll is less about eyeball tests and more about statistical trends, advanced metrics and other hooey.