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Beckman: "The hardest thing I've ever done..."

The Big Ten Networks Gerry DiNardo caught up with new Illinois head coach Tim Beckman yesterday.

Beckman said that the hardest thing that he has ever had to do as a coach was going back to say goodbye to his players at Toledo, and then returning for the senior banquet later because he felt he needed to say goodbye to not only the seniors, but also the parents.

"Probably one of the toughest things too was reading some of those tweets." Beckman said of the Twitter storm that circulated after news had leaked that he had taken the Illini job. "I had a couple players that were crushed. Those players understand why, now, I made that decision."

DiNardo and Beckman also talked about the reason behind his offensive philosophy, the new off season program, and how he finds balance in life as a coach.