Tim Beckman: C-
It was made official by AD Mike Thomas that Tim Beckman would not be fired this offseason and would return as the Illinois Fighting Illini’s head coach in 2014. Some fans are don’t like this decision but, when you look at it, the Illini did show improvements in 2013.
Did Illinois look bad in Big Ten play this year? Yes. However, Beckman did get over the first hump as Illinois’ head coach and won his first Big Ten game. He also got his players to go 3-1 in non-conference play. Say all you want about Beckman scheduling weaker non-conference opponents in 2013, but I just don’t see it. In reality, the non-conference portion of the schedule could be seen as slightly harder than in 2012.
Tim Beckman won more games in 2013 (four games) and finally won a Big Ten game. I said it at the beginning of the season and I’ll say it again now, “a four win season would be a successful one for the Illini in 2013.”