Per a North Carolina release, Tim Beckman will now longer be employed by the school as a volunteer assistant coach. Beckman cited he did not want to be a distraction and will now step down from the role.
UNC parts ways with Tim Beckman. School chancellor was "surprised and disappointed" upon learning he was a volunteer assistant with Heels.
— Jared Shanker (@JShankerESPN) August 26, 2016
There was certainly a lot of backlash when news spread that North Carolina coach Larry Fedora hired the embattled ex-Illinois coach as a volunteer coach. Given the way Beckman exited Illinois amid allegations he abused and mistreated his players, it was a bad optic for the football program.
Here is the full statement from UNC Chancellor Carol L. Folt (via Joe Ovies’ Twitter account):
“When I first learned yesterday that coach Coach Larry Fedora had invited former Illinois head coach Tim Beckman to serve as a volunteer with the football program, I was surprised and disappointed. The decision for Mr. Beckman to withdraw from his volunteer position was the right thing to do, and moving forward I don’t expect this situation to recur. I continue to put a great deal of trust in Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham and Coach Fedora to educate and develop our student-athletes and to ensure we meet the high standards we all expect at Carolina.”
Beckman, 51, was unceremoniously fired a week before the 2015 season started after multiple reports surfaced that he was abusive toward his players. He left after he was given a one-time $250,000 settlement from the school. Beckman was replaced at Illinois by interim coach Bill Cubit.
North Carolina is coming off a largely successful season in which it went 11-3 overall and 8-0 in ACC action, where it won the ACC Coastal Division before losing to Clemson in the ACC title game. The Tar Heels’ season ended with a loss to Baylor in the Russell Athletic Bowl.
The Tar Heels will open their 2016 season when they play Georgia in the Georgia Dome for the Chick-fil-A Kickoff Game on September 3.