Twenty-four hours ago, North Carolina head coach Larry Fedora told the media his new volunteer assistant, the ousted Illinois head coach Tim Beckman, was worth “two or three days” of bad press.
Someone in Chapel Hill disagreed with him.
Beckman announced Thursday will no longer volunteer with the Heels:
“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. His willingness to help a friend was a benefit both personally and professionally. 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. I wish Larry and the program nothing but success going forward.”
According to statements released by UNC brass, Fedora’s higher ups were unaware of Beckman’s presence on the sidelines.
Said chancellor Carol Folt: “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. 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. I continue to put a great deal of trust in Director of Athletics Bubba Cunningham and Coach Fedora to educate and develop our student-athletes and to ensure we meet the high standards we all expect at Carolina.”
Added Fedora: “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.”
Fedora indicated Beckman would not work with the players, his presence in Chapel Hill would be solely to help coaches game plan. A photo that surfaced Thursday proved that to be untrue.
And remember, Beckman's not working with players. pic.twitter.com/AD5kctEjXC
— Luke DeCock (@LukeDeCock) August 25, 2016