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A change in culture: Mike Thomas and where Illinois athletics goes from here

A change in culture: Mike Thomas and where Illinois athletics goes from here

By Peter Bailey-Wells

November 9, 2015


Filed under Sports

Mike Thomas was inevitably going to get fired.It was simply a matter of when, not if. Even despite Thomas’ relative innocence in relation to the abusive actions of Tim Beckman — as described in Franczek Radelet’s report — interim Chancellor Barbara Wilson dismissed him from the University....

The cost of the Illinois football and women’s basketball investigations

The cost of the Illinois football and women’s basketball investigations

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

October 30, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

The University had dealt with its fair share of controversy by May of 2015. Steven Salaita was threatening to file a lawsuit against the University and James Kilgore’s job status was being hotly debated, but something else was on the horizon. On May 10, former Illinois football player Simon ...

By Peter Bailey-Wells

October 9, 2015


Filed under Sports

The Franczek Radelet investigation of the Illinois football team is over. And everyone but Tim Beckman has been cleared.WHAT DID THE REPORT SAYOn Aug. 28, about a week after receiving the initial findings of the report, Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas fired head coach Tim Beckman after the initial findings from the report indicated Beckman mistreated players ...

By Charlotte Carroll

October 9, 2015


Filed under Sports

Tim Beckman wasn't the only coach involved in player mistreatment and injury abuse with the Illinois football teamATHLETIC DIRECTOR MIKE THOMAS/ INTERIM CHANCELLOR BARBARA WILSON announced (day) that ASSISTANT COACHES NAMES HERE (HAVE) been fired. NAME was fired after the complete report from the Fr...

Illinois and UCLA football traveled different paths after meeting in 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

Illinois and UCLA football traveled different paths after meeting in 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl

By Michal Dwojak, Staff writer

September 24, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

There was a sense of relief when Nathan Scheelhaase took a knee during the final seconds of the 2011 Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl on New Year’s Eve. Defensive lineman Craig Wilson grabbed a container of orange Gatorade and attempted to pour it over interim coach Vic Koenning — he was half successful. The...

Athletic Director Mike Thomas responds to Cvijanovic Twitter accusations

Athletic Director Mike Thomas responds to Cvijanovic Twitter accusations

By Peter Bailey-Wells

May 11, 2015


Filed under Sports

Illinois Athletic Director Mike Thomas responded to a former Illinois offensive lineman’s accusations in a teleconference Monday afternoon.Simon Cvijanovic, a senior tackle who played at Illinois through the middle of the 2014 season, levied accusations against the Illinois athletic department and hea...

Former Illini football player attacks Beckman on Twitter

Former Illini football player attacks Beckman on Twitter

By Peter Bailey-Wells, Sports editor

May 11, 2015


Filed under Football, Sports

Simon Cvijanovic, a former tackle for the Illinois Football team, had some strong words on Twitter for head coach Tim Beckman on Sunday. Cvijanovic said he was asked by Beckman and the Illinois program to, "push myself past pain until I didn't want to play anymore." In a series of tweets th...