Sean Merriman, BTN.com web editor, August 28, 2015
University of Illinois Director of Athletics Mike Thomas dismissed head football coach Tim Beckman on Friday afternoon.
Thomas cited preliminary results of an external review into player-safety allegations involving the program for his decision.
Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit, who came to Illinois in 2013, will serve as interim coach. Thomas said Cubit will receive an extra $100,000 for the next four months, on top of his $510,000 annual salary.
Several current and former Illinois football players reacted to the news on Twitter.
See some of the reaction below.
Illinois just got better !!!#illini.— Akeem spence (@AkeemSpence) August 28, 2015
Will always have the utmost respect for Coach Beckman for giving me an opportunity that no one else did.— Mikey Dudek (@MDFlash_7) August 28, 2015
I appreciate all the support I have received. Huge step in bettering athletics and in helping us prevent future wrongdoings. #Illini— Simon Cvijanovic (@SimonCvijanovic) August 28, 2015
We are still going to be successful this season. No matter the circumstances... It's us vs. everybody #ILL— Tre Watson (@MDQue_33) August 28, 2015
We just gotta fight #Illiniarmy— Caleb Reams (@SirClutch97) August 28, 2015
Will always support and love Tim Beckman. Unfortunate day for the Illini but we have an obligation to put on a good show for this university— Teddy Karras (@_teddy_k) August 28, 2015
Coach Cubit is a great coach and an even better person. Very excited to play for him. It's gonna be a great year just wait #OSKEE15 ??— ???? ?????? (@TaSSuM_XeLA) August 28, 2015