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Illini's Beckman: 'We Will Work Tirelessly'

Tim Beckman of Toledo is the new football coach at Illinois and he says he is a high-energy coach who will “will work tirelessly in building the football program to compete for Big Ten and national championships, and be a source of pride for Fighting Illini fans across the nation.” Read the full AP story here and read BTN.com senior writer Tom Dienhart’s history of Beckman here.

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Dienhart: Top 10 Big Ten football stories of 2011 season

There was an iconic Hail Mary pass, a brand new championship game, a new school in the club, Legends and Leaders, a smashing debut by a coach, a touchdown machine named “Ball,” and a sordid off-field scandal the likes we never have seen in the history of college sports. Welcome to Big Ten football 2011.

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Dienhart: Beckman familiar with Big Ten

Tim Beckman is the new Illinois coach and arrives from Toledo, where he forged a 21-16 record (16-6 in the MAC) the past three seasons after taking over for Tom Amstutz. Beckman led the Rockets to an 8-4 mark this season and a spot in the Military Bowl against Air Force, the program’s second bowl under his stewardship. Toledo has gone 7-1 in MAC play in each of the past two seasons.

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Update: Illini to introduce Beckman at 4 p.m. ET

Illinois has hired Toledo’s Tim Beckman as its head football coach, the school announced Friday afternoon. If you get BTN2Go, you can watch the Illinois press conference from Champaign right here. It will also be available for free on the Big Ten Digital Network over here. Beckman coached Toledo for three seasons so take a look at how the Rockets fared this season on Toledo’s team report page here.

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Dienhart: Toledo's Beckman, Illini could be good fit

Toledo’s Tim Beckman may be the man at Illinois. According to a Thursday morning report in the Chicago Tribune, Illinois is focusing on Beckman to replace Ron Zook, who was fired after seven years in Champaign. I think Beckman would be a terrific hire. He has done a good job at Toledo, forging a 21-16 record (16-6 in the MAC) in three years and leading the school to share of the MAC West title this season. The 8-4 Rockets, 7-1 in each of the last two years in MAC action, will play Air Force in the Military Bowl this month, the second bowl under Beckman.

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