After ex-Illini offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic accused Illinois football coach Tim Beckman of coaching misconduct, more players are coming forward about abusive behavior on the part of Beckman.
Former players from both Illinois and Toledo have come forward to tell their sides of the story. If you recall, Cvijanovic recently tweeted on how Beckman would medically mistreat his players.
Now former defensive back Nick North has come forward with his views on how Beckman was not the most trustworthy coach, as he said in an interview with Peter Bailey-Wells of The Daily Illini:
“When I was being recruited out of high school I met a bunch of college coaches,” said Nick North, former Illini defensive back. “Tim Beckman, man, he takes the cake as the worst coach I ever met.”
North was recruited by former Illinois head coach Ron Zook and was a member of the team from 2011 to 2014. He redshirted the 2011 season but graduated from the University in December 2014, following the 2014 football season, forgoing his final year of eligibility.
In the spring of 2013, while a sophomore, North said he tore his PCL and developed a cyst on his knee as a result. He said Beckman and his staff forced him to continue to practice when he should have been doing light work. North echoed the statements that Cvijanovic expressed on Twitter on Sunday evening: He claimed Beckman pressured players who were injured to come back and play sooner than they felt comfortable.
Beckman defended himself with a statement (h/t Chicago Tribune):
“I am disappointed that a former Fighting Illini player has chosen this path to air his concerns,” Beckman said in a statement. “I have been overwhelmed by the support shown by the student-athletes and the parents who are currently in our program, along with many former players. It is truly humbling. We’ll continue to treat the players in our program, current and former, like family as we continue to move forward.”