Thomas: Beckman will return for a second season

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Thomas: Beckman will return for a second season

University of Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas ended the speculation about Tim Beckman possibly not returning as head football coach in 2013.

Thomas spoke with WDWS radio station in Champaign on Tuesday and stated Beckman will return for a second season at Illinois.

It was a struggle in Beckman's first year at the helm in Champaign. The Illini lost their last nine games and finished the season with a record of 2-10.

Beckman previously coached Toledo for three seasons and compiled a record of 21-16. He replaced Ron Zook after he was fired at the end of the 2011 season. In Zook's final season at Illinois, he led Illinois to a bowl victory over UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

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"He would be my No. 1 choice," Roenick said. "There's no question about it."

But Roenick said there are two more Blackhawks he would like to lace them up with.

"I wouldn't mind playing with (Artemi) Panarin also," he said. "I would love to play with Jonathan Toews. I think I'd play well with all three of them."

Roenick also gave high praise to coach Joel Quenneville, saying he is one of the best coaches in all of sports. Roenick even compared Quenneville to "the Bill Belichick of hockey."

See what else the Roenick had to say in the video above.