Illinois Firing Likely To Put Focus On Injured Athletes
University of Illinois football coach Tim Beckman was dismissed from the team after allegations he mistreated injured student-athletes.By Christian Bryant | August 28, 2015
Illinois coach Tim Beckman was sent packing Friday following a preliminary investigation into his treatment of student-athletes. According to a statement posted on the Fighting Illini website, Beckman is accused of pressuring players to play through injuries and threatening to snatch scholarships of seniors after the football season ended.
Getting rid of a head coach right before the first real kickoff of the year is a little surprising. But some say the clues have been there all along. To them, Beckman's exit was just a matter of time, and allegations against him could put a greater focus on how colleges handle injured student-athletes.
"Once you're done with college, college is typically done with you. You're not only stuck with the injuries you sustained, you're also stuck with the medical bills," HBO's Bernard Goldberg reported.