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Illinois Coaching Rumors: Toledo's Tim Beckman Accepts Illini Job

The Toledo Rockets will need to play their bowl game without the services of its head coach, Tim Beckman was offered the vacant coaching position at the University of Illinois and Friday morning he accepted the position. Beckman takes over a team that started 6-0 in 2011, but lost its final six games, leading to the firing of coach Ron Zook:

UT will hold a 1 p.m. news conference with athletic director Mike O'Brien and select players to address Beckman's departure and who will coach the Rockets in the Military Bowl against Air Force on Dec. 28 in Washington. UT offensive coordinator Matt Campbell is the leading candidate to be named the Rockets' next head coach, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Beckman had a successful tenure at Toledo, and already has a win over Big Ten competition with the Rockets. Toledo won a game at Purdue last season. The Fighting Illini are playing int he Kraft Fight Hunger bowl later this month.

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