In case you missed yesterday’s news, former Illinois head coach Tim Beckman has landed at North Carolina as a volunteer assistant. The original story from The News-Gazette prompted a lot of questions, and rightfully so given Beckman’s chaotic and sudden exit from Champaign a year ago.
Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora was happy to address the situation on Wednesday, though, and he even went as far as saying, "I don’t believe everything I read...I know [Beckman]’s side of the story also."
North Carolina coach Larry Fedora defends Tim Beckman: ‘I don’t believe everything I read’ https://t.co/3UQ1zTRGTy— Land Of 10 (@landof10) August 24, 2016
Fedora's response when asked if he can understand criticism/questions associated with bringing Beckman in: pic.twitter.com/OkkJADnrXW— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) August 24, 2016
We also learned that Beckman’s role at Chapel Hill is strictly limited to scouting and film work, which means he can’t participate in on-field instruction. To be honest, that’s probably good news for North Carolina.
From the estimable NandO photographer Robert Willett, Tim Beckman at UNC practice earlier (w/orange-tinted glasses): pic.twitter.com/nQAtLOtZ1c— Andrew Carter (@_andrewcarter) August 24, 2016
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While Nichols signed with Tulane out of high school, he never suited up for the Green Wave prior to his transfer last December. The Illini were hoping for this period of time to be considered a part of his sit-out year. He obviously wasn't on campus, though, so I think the coaches were expecting this outcome. It was still worth a try.
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Schedule details continue to be released for the 2016-17 Illinois men's basketball season, with game times announced Wednesday morning for the Illini's three non-conference games that will air on Big Ten Network.