CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP/WNCN) — Former Illinois coach Tim Beckman, fired last year amid allegations of player mistreatment, will no longer volunteer with North Carolina football, the school announced Thursday.
Beckman had been working as a volunteer assistant with No. 22 Tar Heel defense.
Beckman issued a statement that read:
“I appreciate the opportunity Coach Fedora gave me to stay connected to the sport and be around one of the best staffs in the country. His willingness to help a friend was a benefit both personally and professionally. I do not wish to be a further distraction to the team or University and I will no longer serve as a volunteer at UNC. I wish Larry and the program nothing but success going forward.”
Speaking after Wednesday evening’s practice, Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora described the decision as helping a friend while also gaining Beckman’s expertise as a former head coach and defensive coordinator.
Fedora and Beckman were assistants together at Oklahoma State in 2007.
“Let me make something clear so everybody understands: I’m the one that sets the expectations on our culture and how our student-athletes are treated,” Fedora said.
Athletic Director Bubba Cunningham said Fedora was looking to help a coach colleague get back on his feet.
“We made the decision today to part ways with Tim Beckman and thank him for his contributions in the short time he volunteered with our football program,” Cunningham said in a release. “We will learn from this and continue preparing for the season.”
Chancellor Carol L. Folt said she was disappointed in Fedora’s decision to bring Beckman on as a volunteer.
“The decision for Mr. Beckman to withdraw from his volunteer position was the right thing to do, and moving forward I don’t expect this situation to recur. I continue to put a great deal of trust in Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham and Coach Fedora to educate and develop our student-athletes and to ensure we meet the high standards we all expect at Carolina,” Folt said.