Seeing Illinois head coach Tim Beckman at a Chicagoland high school at this time of then year isn't exactly a big reach considering he's in the middle of the spring recruiting evaluation period.
Yet the reason Beckman and his wife Kim visited Maine South High School last Sunday had very little to do with his occupation and more to do with his most important job: being a dad.
Beckman sat in the stands with the rest of the parents at Maine South watching his youngest son Patrick take part in the Rivals.com regional camp. Patrick Beckman (5-foot-10, 192 pounds), a sophomore at Urbana High School, broke the Tigers' single-season passing record (1,833 yards). Beckman is hoping to help Urbana to improve upon it's 2-7 record a season ago, in a year that saw Urbana lose three games by a combined 12 points.
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So was Tim Beckman all over the field? Working the sidelines and recruiting all in attendance (Beckman as the father of a camp participant was allowed by NCAA rule to attend this camp) as hard as he's been working the State of Illinois since taking over the the Fighting Illini?
The Beckmans just sat in the stands with the rest of the parents and watched the action from afar, and outside of the Illinois logo on his jacket, you would have had a hard time knowing that you were sitting with the Illinois head football coach.
Beckman admitted that his role on Sunday at Maine South had a different feel.
"It does feel a bit different. I was able to see several of Patrick's games last season and I still get a kick out of seeing him play," he said. "Today I'm just Patrick's dad and excited to see him compete here."
Yet despite his focus on Sunday being on his son, Beckman also couldn't hide his excitement for the 2014 Fighting Illini.
"Right now it's exciting to be a part of Fighting Illini football," he said. "I'm excited about our group and excited for the summer and then the season."