Beckman: Illini win 8 in 2015 if coaching staff stays

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CHAMPAIGN — The good news, if you’re an Illinois football fan and you’re willing to suspend reality for as long as it takes, is that the Illini are going to win at least eight games next season. So said coach Tim Beckman — he of the 10-24 record — here on Monday.

In fairness to Beckman, this is a guy who tends to base every stated goal on what’s still mathematically possible. And he was answering a question about how good 2015 will be for the program if he and his staff are allowed to keep their jobs — actually answering it, rather than evading it. Gotta appreciate him for that. Most coaches would’ve said a whole lot of nothing. Read more

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