Illinois fired Beckman with cause, citing preliminary results of an external review into allegations that injured players faced pressure to play. Athletic director Mike Thomas said he learned of “efforts to deter injury reporting and influence medical decisions that pressured players to avoid or postpone medical treatment and continue playing despite injuries,” as well as instances of players being “treated inappropriately with respect to whether they could remain on scholarship during the spring semester of their senior year if they weren’t on the team.”
One player who responded to Beckman’s firing was former offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic, who accused Beckman in May of forcing to play through injuries and other forms of “abuse and misuse of power.”
Beckman will not receive the $3.1 million remaining on the last two years of his five-year contract or his $743,000 buyout.
Below are additional reactions from current and former Fighting Illini players.
Will always have the utmost respect for Coach Beckman for giving me an opportunity that no one else did.— Mikey Dudek (@MDFlash_7) August 28, 2015