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Illinois Releases Internal Investigation Reports on Allegations That Led to Tim Beckman's Firing


Illinois went public with what it found in its internal investigation into former coach Tim Beckman's firing. 

In the document, which you can read in full here, there are allegations of Beckman encouraging players to minimize reports of injuries so they could continue playing. It is a total disregard for the players' safety and could have ended up making the situations worse.

Along with these allegations, we learn that Beckman doesn't believe in "hamstring injuries" and would routinely call his players names when they were being treated by the training staff. Names like "soft" and even worse were Beckman's way of getting the player back on the field as soon as possible.

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As a result of the reports, Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas has also been fired.

"I understand the chancellor's viewpoint that my continued presence may create an ongoing distraction for our students, coaches, and staff, and I accept the situation," Thomas said in a statement. "It has been my privilege to be part of this storied program and this great university. I will always cherish my time at this institution and in this community."