Nearly one year after Illinois fired him for mistreating players, Tim Beckman is back in coaching.
UNC has brought on the former Illini coach as a volunteer defensive assistant, the program confirmed Tuesday. Beckman and Tar Heels coach Larry Fedora worked together at Oklahoma State in 2007.
Illinois plays UNC in Champaign on Sept. 10 this fall.
Beckman was fired by Illinois before the 2015 season after the university discovered he tried to deter injury reporting and pressured players to continue playing despite injuries. He coached three years at the school, going 12-25 overall and 4-20 in the Big Ten.
Offensive coordinator Bill Cubit replaced Beckman last season, but was dumped in favor of Lovie Smith.
UNC’s defense took a major step forward last year under former Auburn coach Gene Chizik. It allowed 5.5 yards per play, smack in the middle of FBS teams, after allowing 6.5 in 2014 (8th worst in FBS).