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Report: Illinois Has Fired Head Coach Tim Beckman

Update: Beckman was fired for cause, and will not receive the $3.1 million left on his contract, due to the preliminary findings of an external review into the program. Bill Cubit will be the interim head coach. Here's more, via school AD Mike Thomas:

During a preliminary briefing from the external reviewers, Thomas said he learned of efforts to deter injury reporting and influence medical decisions that pressured players to avoid or postpone medical treatment and continue playing despite injuries. He also said in some instances student-athletes were treated inappropriately with respect to whether they could remain on scholarship during the spring semester of their senior year if they weren’t on the team.

Earlier: The Illinois Fighting Illini open their 2015 campaign one week from today with a home game against Kent State. It looks like they'll need to find a new head coach ahead of the contest. Football Scoop and Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman are reporting that Illinois has fired head coach Tim Beckman just seven days before the start of the season. It's baffling timing, to say the least.

ESPN's Brett McMurphy also confirmed the news.

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— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB)

Illinois has fired Tim Beckman, source tells @FOXsports. its reported by footballscoop

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In four seasons with the school, Beckman posted a record of 12-25, winning just four Big Ten games. There's no word yet on a potential replacement.