Tim Beckman will remain the head coach of the Fighting Illini.
That's according to Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas, who said Beckman will return for a third season as the head man in Champaign in an interview with Matt Wettersten at WCIA-TV.
I just finished an interview with #Illini AD Mike Thomas. He told me Tim Beckman will return as coach next season.— Matt Wettersten (@WCIA3Matt) December 2, 2013
Beckman's job security has been a hot topic of conversation in fan and media circles as the Illini stumbled to another disappointing campaign this season. Just concluded with a 37-34 loss to Northwestern on Saturday, this season saw Illinois finish with a 4-8 record. The Illini started with a promising 3-1 non-conference schedule, including a dominant win over Cincinnati, before tripping up in the Big Ten schedule, going just 1-7 against conference opponents.
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But, while observers might be looking for a greater amount of success or at the very least a bowl appearance from this team, things got much better in Year 2 under Beckman. The Illini won twice as many games in 2013 as they did in 2012, and that includes the first win in Big Ten play since October 2011.
Plus, the Illinois offense was completely revamped under first-year offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, transforming from one of the nation's worst to one of the Big Ten's most dangerous at times. Nathan Scheelhaase had a renaissance year in his fourth and final campaign as quarterback, ranking among the Big Ten's leaders in many statistical categories.
Those clamoring for change are going to need to give Beckman the time that appears to be given to him by his athletic department.