UNC's Fedora explains hiring of fired Illinois coach Tim Beckman
The Tim Beckman era has ended at North Carolina. He leaves behind a colorful history, orange-tinted sunglasses included, that wasn’t without its lows.
What better way to remember the Beckman era than with an oral history:
LARRY FEDORA (UNC head football coach): I’m happy to get the chance to give him an opportunity to learn how we do things here, what our culture is. And I’ve known Tim for a long time, he’s a good football coach.
TIM BECKMAN (UNC volunteer assistant): 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.
LUKE DECOCK (N&O columnist): It doesn’t take more than an ounce of common sense to realize the closest Beckman should ever come to an athlete again is a television screen.
CAROL FOLT (UNC Chancellor): When I first learned yesterday that coach Larry Fedora had invited former Illinois head coach Tim Beckman to serve as a volunteer with the football program, I was surprised and disappointed.
BUBBA CUNNINGHAM (UNC Athletic Director): Coach Fedora’s interest was in helping a coaching colleague get back on his feet.
BECKMAN: His willingness to help a friend was a benefit both personally and professionally.
FEDORA: Tim will no longer serve as a volunteer with our program. I brought Tim here to help a friend gain experience from our staff, but after meeting with him today, we agreed his presence had become too much of a distraction.
BECKMAN: 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.
CUNNINGHAM: 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.
FOLT: 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.
What a time it was.