COLUMBUS, OH - SEPTEMBER 10: Eric Page #12 of the Toledo Rockets is tackled by Storm Klein #32 of the Ohio State Buckeyes during the third quarter on September 10, 2011 at Ohio Stadium in Columbus, Ohio. Ohio State defeated Toledo 27-22. (Photo by Kirk Irwin/Getty Images)

Toledo Announces Matt Campbell As Next Head Coach

After losing Tim Beckman to Illinois, the Rockets have dubbed offensive coordinator Matt Campbell the new man in charge.

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Matt Campbell Loses 'Interim' Tag From Toledo Coaching Title

At rocket speed, Toledo has named its new head coach. Its the briefly-interim Matt Campbell, who'd been serving as offensive coordinator. Campbell will next lead the Rockets into a battle that actually does sound like a battle, the 2011 Military Bowl against Air Force in Washington, D.C.

Here's Campbell on the promotion:

"I'm honored to become the next head football coach at the University of Toledo," said Campbell. "I would like to thank Mike O'Brien and President Lloyd Jacobs for giving me this opportunity. I would also like to thank Tim Beckman, the Rocket coaching staff and most of all the young men on this football team who have helped me reach my goal of becoming a head football coach. Finally, I would like to thank my parents and my wife, Erica, for all their love and support in helping make this day possible."

MAC blog Hustle Belt boggles at his age, but points out that this is sort of Toledo's thing:

32 is young but UT has a history of hiring young people. Nick Saban, Gary Pinkel and Frank Lauterbur were all in their 30s when made head coaches. They like 'em young, and that's substantial because even they realize that these folk won't be here forever. Pinkel lasted nine years, which is a lifetime in MAC athletics. If Campbell goes according to plan and coaches well for three years, then he'll be gone to somewhere better, and the process can repeat itself.

For more Toledo, visit MAC blog Hustle Belt.


Toledo To Announce Matt Campbell As Head Coach, According To Reports

Offensive coordinator Matt Campbell is expected to be named the next Toledo head coach.


Tim Beckman Hired, Introduced As New Illinois Football Coach

Toledo Rockets head coach Tim Beckman was officially brought out as the new head coach of the Illinois Fighting Illini Friday night, replacing Ron Zook. He described coaching Big Ten football as his lifelong dream, which makes you wonder why he went and had his MAC teams score all those points!  

Beckman, nearly going meta:

You have coaches who might win the press conference. They might make a big splash with their name. At the end of the day, it's about fit, finding someone who wants to be here, build a program and sustain it.   

And though, by most accounts, he did win the press conference, Illini blog Hail to the Orange raises two big questions Beckman will have to address:

Recruiting is a question mark, and he has apparently few pipelines to states like California, Texas, or Florida. I have been told that if we are to expect anything, that Tressel Era assistants will likely be seen here in Champaign with Beckman at the helm.

We are switching offenses again, turning back to the spread that we had discarded under Paul Petrino. I don't know what that means for players like Nathan Scheelhaase and Reilly O'Toole, but the number one priority seems like it should be retaining the quality players we can from both sides of the ball.

For more, visit Illinois blog Hail to the Orange and MAC blog Hustle Belt, and here's our 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker.


Tim Beckman To Illinois All But Official, Based On Reports

Toledo Rockets head coach Tim Beckman has looked to be the favorite for the Illinois Fighting Illini job over the past few days, and it sounds like the deal could be announced as soon as Friday. The Associated Press reports Beckman has already told his players he'll be heading way, way out west.

(Also worth noting another Rockets coach has Twitterly critiqued Beckman's decision to leave.)

The MAC aficionados at Hustle Belt are accustomed to this sort of thing, and have turned to assessing the job Beckman did at Toledo:

But if he does leave, then let that be another tally on the MAC's wall of coaches who've stepped up from AQ conference coordinator to mid-major head coach and then to major-major head coach. If you want to get silly about it the last time someone replaced Ron Zook as head coach they won two national titles.

Beckman had an A-plus game plan against Ohio State, which they lost by five points. He did very admirably all season, from a near-loss at Syracuse to a rout of Temple - despite losing several starters on both sides of the ball. Back-to-back eight-win seasons, despite no MAC West division titles, was a dandy of a rebuild job on the fly considering where Toledo was (PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE POINT SHAVING). 

For more, visit Illinois blog Hail to the Orange and MAC blog Hustle Belt, and here's our 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker.


Tim Beckman Expected To Be New Illinois Football Coach

Toledo Rockets coach Tim Beckman could tell his staff Thursday that he'll take the Illinois Fighting Illini head coaching job, according to the Herald Review's Mark Tupper. That's the second Illini outlet reporting Beckman has emerged as the clear No. 1 candidate for the job, which became available upon the firing of Ron Zook.

Beckman has turned Toledo into a high-powered, serviceable unit that contributed to more than one especially entertaining evening of MACtion in 2011. They'll play the Air Force Falcons in the Military Bowl. On the other end of the watchability spectrum and of the country, Illinois will play the likewise coachless UCLA Bruins in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl. 

Beckman has gone 21-16 in three seasons with Toledo, making a pair of bowl games and winning a MAC division title.

For more, visit Illinois blog Hail to the Orange and MAC blog Hustle Belt, and here's our 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker.


Tim Beckman Meeting With Illinois About Job, According To Report

Reported Illinois Fighting Illini coaching candidates to this point: pretty much all of them. Wisconsin Badgers offensive coordinator Paul Chryst appears to be the most consistently reported, so let's ignore all others for the time being, but here's another seriously reported name to consider: Toledo Rockets coach Tim Beckman.

The Chicago Tribune reports Illinois is "zeroing in on" Beckman, who'll reportedly meet with the Illini on Thursday. 

The coach at Toledo for three years, he's reached the 2011 MAC Championship Game, two bowl bids, a top-10 2011 offense, and two straight winning seasons after the Rockets endured four down years in a row. He has ties throughout the midwest, having schooled in Ohio and coached at Bowling Green and Ohio State, among other stops.

His career head coaching record: 21-16.

For more, visit Illinois blog Hail to the Orange and MAC blog Hustle Belt, and here's our 2011 Coaching Carousel Tracker.

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