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Tim Beckman Officially Becomes UI Coach

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The University of Illinois has a new football coach. Athletic Director Mike Thomas made it official Friday, naming Toledo head man Tim Beckman to lead the Illini. Beckman fits the criteria Thomas sought in the job and made an excellent first impression on assembled media and Illini players in attendance.

Mike Thomas made an announcement in the 77 club of Memorial Stadium Friday, an announcement that will have direct bearing on Illinois football fortunes the next several years. ,P>"This is really a significant day in the history of the University of Illinois football program. It was my goal to hire who I felt was the best coach possible, and I do believe we've found that person in Tim Beckman...

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