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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