Tim Beckman might be more than a year removed from his tenure as head coach at Illinois, but his alleged actions in Champaign continue to haunt the university.
A lawsuit from a former player is alleging that Beckman and former assistant coach Alex Golesh forced team doctors to clear him before he was ready to return from injury, then made him sign a release from his scholarship when he was no longer physically able to play, per a report from Daniel Brown of the Chicago Sun-Times.
Offensive lineman Anthony Durkin claims that he was forced to play through shoulder pain experienced in practice until he received surgery in Sept. 2013. Then, the suit alleges that Beckman and Golesh had doctors clear Durkin to play before his recommended return time because of impatience with the team’s medical woes.
The injury worsened until Aug. 2014, when Durkin dislocated his shoulder. According to the suit, once team doctors told Durkin that he could no longer play, Golesh told the player “”needed to sign a release from his scholarship or risk other repercussions.”
The fallout is Durkin now says he will experience shoulder pain for the rest of his life due to the negligence of Beckman, Golesh, the team doctors, and former athletic director Mike Thomas and is seeking damages of mroe than $250,000.
— Rodger Sherman (@rodger_sherman) May 11, 2015
This is the latest chapter in a long line of claims from former players that Beckman was negligent or even malicious with regards to their safety.
I have to see therapy for the rest of my life because I wasn't given an option to have my knee repaired.
— Simon Cvijanović (@IlliniSi) May 10, 2015