The National College Players Association (NCPA) has requested that the University of Illinois conduct an open, independent investigation into the allegations brought forth by former offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic. Cvijanovic claims, among several other things, that head coach Tim Beckman and the coaching staff forced him to play through injury while failing to properly disclose full medical records.
NCPA president Ramogi Huma sent a letter to chancellor Phyllis Wise and he's requesting a response by Friday.
The National College Players Association has requested that Illinois commission an independent investigation of Simon Cvijanovic's claims.— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) May 12, 2015
NCPA president Ramogi Huma overnighted a letter today to Illinois chancellor Phyllis Wise w/the request. He asked for a response by Friday.— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) May 12, 2015
Huma: "An internal, secretive review is not going to cut it." He said AD Mike Thomas already made conclusions about Beckman, medical staff.— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) May 12, 2015
Huma: "Is there an abusive situation at the University of Illinois? . . . And if there is, then that needs to be addressed immediately."— Mitch Sherman (@mitchsherman) May 12, 2015
Athletic director Mike Thomas had previously stated during a media teleconference on Monday afternoon that a public report of their upcoming internal investigation wouldn't be made available.
Tim Beckman released a second statement on Tuesday in which he said that he's been, "overwhelmed by the support shown by the student-athletes and parents who are currently in the program."