Illini’s Beckman Struggling To Tackle In-State Recruiting

Tim BeckmanThursday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) Tim Beckman’s Fighting Illini may play in the state of Illinois, but the coach’s local recruiting efforts continue to exist in a state of dysfunction.

On Monday, in the latest dig at the Illini’s shaky leader, columnist Stewart Mandel named Beckman as one of the five worst football coaches in America – after just one season at the U. of I. helm.

“I may be jumping the gun here,” wrote Mandel, who really wasn’t based on the evidence at hand, “but Beckman – hired at Illinois following a pair of eight-win seasons at Toledo – has done little to inspire confidence either on the field (2-10 in 2012) or on the recruiting trail with the Illini.”

As a result, the Illini are trailing badly when it comes to convincing the state’s top prep stars to spend their college careers in Champaign.

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