The staff of Writing Illini takes a look at the rest of the Big Ten schedule for the Illinois Fighting Illini. So far Through ten conference games, head coach Tim Beckman is still winless against the Big Ten with a tough Michigan State team coming up for homecoming.
Because of this, the staff begs to ask the question: will a winless Big Ten schedule put Time Beckman on the hot seat?
Ryan: Through 6 games played, the Illini are 3-3 and have shown improvement thanks in large part to the hiring of Bill Cubit. The key to Beckman’s retention has been stated time and again by Mike Thomas, and that key is for Illinois to show improvement this season. From where I sit, the Illini are building a solid foundation, and Beckman had enough smarts to get out of the way and let Cubit take full control of the offense. If Illinois were to go winless in the B1G, I think the seat would get warm for Beckman, but he’ll most likely have one more chance to make staff adjustments, which would undoubtedly involve removing Tim Banks and bringing in someone new to run the defense.
Austin: A winless Big Ten slate should NOT put Beckman on the hot seat. It could, however, put him in the unemployment line. At this point, Becks knows what he has to do. One aspect that could save his job is the fact that Tim Banks, Illini Defensive Coordinator, is a little more than underwhelming on the job. I would be more expectant to see the Illini dump Banks and keep Becks for one more year.
Ricky: As a fan, I want to say that a winless Big Ten season this year would put Beckman on some sort of a hot seat. However, I feel that Mike Thomas will not make any moves because the team have gotten somewhat better in 2013. I personally just feel that fans are going to get caught up in the “win now” attitude and the only way to stay will be to win. This season, Beckman is safe, but that seat will catch fire if the team continues to lose Big Ten games in 2014.
What do you think, Illini Nation? Would a winless Big Ten conference season put coach Tim Beckman on the hotseat?
The Writing Illini staff includes lead editor Ricky Widmer, co-editor Ryan Kraemer, and staff writer, Austin Jabs.
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