The staff of Writing Illini takes a look at the upcoming 2013 season for Illinois head coach Tim Beckman. In his first season, the Fighting Illini only won two games and didn’t win a single Big ten conference game. The guys talk about how important 2013 is for Beckman and whether or not he is on the hot seat this season.
Ricky: Southern Illinois. Washington. Purdue. Northwestern. What do these teams have in common? They are all teams that Illinois NEEDS to beat in 2013. If not, Tim Beckman could see himself out as the head coach of the Illinois Fighting Illini. So far, Beckman has done a lot of PR (good PR). He’s promoted the Chicago Homecoming game, “Our State, Our Team” recruiting, and the recruitment of Wes Lunt. I personally feel 2013 is important for Tim Beckman, but he will still be with Illinois in 2014 with a bad 2013 season. The reason will be Wes Lunt. Illinois will want to see what Beckman can do with Lunt because I feel they know that he can’t do anything with Nathan Scheelhaase.
Beckman brought in Cubit for a new offensive system. So, at the least, Beckman will need to show Illini nation that the offense will work.
Austin: If Beckman wants to be employed at the University of Illinois past this season, 2013 is extremely vital to him. I understand that he has to get his players in there, and I know that the schedule is not kind to Beckman this year, but he can not have a debacle like he had last year. If he is able to grab two or three Big Ten wins, I think this year will be a success. However, if our terrible Big Ten losing streak continues, I can not see him employed past this year. The addition of Lunt may help him salvage his job past this year, and Lunt has said he is going to call some other guys to try to sway them to Illinois. If that is the case, I can see Beckman getting a shot at next year with a bad year, as Illinois could very well be on the upswing with recruiting. In my opinion, I would feel better about my job security for next year if I could sneak into a bowl game this year. A bowl game would guarantee his security for next year and anything less than 4 wins puts him in jeopardy.
Ryan: If the seat wasn’t hot enough for Tim Beckman at the end of last season, it certainly will be this year should the Illini replicate what took place last fall. It will be very important for Beckman to show that the plan he has installed for the program is moving in the right direction on the field of play. I’ve long felt that a team on an upward trend displays the following progression as it makes its way back to national prominence: Lose Big – Lose Close – Win Close – Win Big, and then go on to sustain that success year in and year out.
Obviously, every fan wants to see automatic results in the win column, but when you are building a foundation it takes a little time to get your players in place and your systems fully implemented. That said, AD Mike Thomas is on the record stating that he had better see improvement this season. In my estimation, that statement translates to much closer games on the scoreboard, perhaps stealing a win or two that might not be expected in the process. If he doesn’t want the seat beneath him to get any hotter, this season is certainly important for Tim Beckman in that regard.
What do you think, Illini Nation? Do you to the 2013 football season is important for Tim Beckman? If so, how important?
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