The University of Illinois will pay former football head coach Tim Beckman a one-time sum of $250,000 to complete a settlement agreement.
“In resolving these matters, the university and Coach Beckman seek to avoid protracted and costly litigation that would by necessity require the involvement of a number of current and former student-athletes, as well as coaches, staff, trainers, and team physicians,” a statement from the university said. “This resolution allows the university to avoid the distraction of pending litigation and to focus instead on the well-being of student-athletes in the program. At the same time, Coach Beckman can resume his career without protracted litigation. The resolution involves a one-time payment of $250,000 to Beckman, who will release all claims he may have had against the university.”
Beckman was fired by Illinois shortly before the start of the 2015 college football season as a result of an ongoing investigation regarding the way Beckman treated players and ignored health concerns within the program. Beckman contested the allegations made against him by former players and the report’s findings, but Illinois held firm on its decision.
“The university stands by its decision to terminate Coach Beckman for cause, but recognizes that terminating him without cause was another possible alternative,” a statement from Illinois explains. “In deciding to terminate Coach Beckman, the university relied on preliminary findings that were eventually included in the Report issued by Franczek Radelet, an independent investigating law firm, concerning the management of sports injuries and scholarships in the football program. Throughout the investigation, Coach Beckman cooperated with all requests for information and answered all questions.”
Illinois named Bill Cubit its interim head coach for the 2015 season and eventually agreed to a contract extension for Cubit to retain him as the head coach. Cubit was then let go by a brand new AD this spring and replaced by Lovie Smith.