Some pretty hard-hitting journalism from the Cedar Rapids Gazette's Scott Dochterman to share. Scott started out with the intention of doing a preview on the Illini this season, but instead he discovered a mystery that needs an answer and it needs an answer now.
Does Tim Beckman know when his mom's birthday is?
I'll let Scott explain.
Tim Beckman twice has taken the podium at Big Ten media day as Illinois' football coach. Both times he welcomed the audience and opened his remarks with birthday wishes to his mother.
Both events took place on different days; the 2012 media session was held July 26 while this year's event was on July 24. Yet both years Beckman told reporters that it was her birthday.
"Before I get started talking about football or Illini football, I'd like to do one thing. And that is today is my mother's birthday," Beckman said in 2012. "So I want to wish Pat Beckman a happy birthday."
This July: "I wanted to make sure that everybody understands that my mother, my rock, it's her birthday, and I wanted to wish her a happy birthday."
Two different media days, two different birthday wishes on two different dates.
Apparently Beckman does not.
More important than the actual date of Mama Beckman's birthday is this: CAN TIM BECKMAN BE EXPECTED TO SUCCEED AS A COLLEGE FOOTBALL COACH IF HE DOESN'T KNOW WHEN HIS MOTHER'S BIRTHDAY IS?
I don't know, kids. I. Just. Don't. Know.