Tim Beckman is two days into his tenure as Illinois football coach, but it must feel much longer than that.
He's only slept "30 minutes'' since his hiring on Friday, and there's little chance to catch up on his sleep this week. While he'll likely hit the road recruiting later this week, Beckman will spend part of Monday meeting the current Illini staff, including defensive coordinator Vic Koenning.
"We've passed in the hallway,'' Beckman said. "I'm really looking forward to tomorrow.''
Beckman did some checking in Koenning's background over the weekend, a sign that he's seriously interested in Koenning, who likely has other offers.
"We'll take our time and make sure we get winners,'' Beckman said.
Beckman offered the offensive coordinator job to Toledo interim coach Matt Campbell, who is a candidate to keep the job full-time. Beckman said he may go with co-coordinators on offense, but he stated during the press conference Friday how much he wanted Campbell at Illinois.
Beckman was reportedly interested in one or two more Toledo assistants but wouldn't push for an answer until after the Rockets play in a bowl game later this month.
The Illini await the decision on an appeal to the NCAA to allow the Illini to have two coaching staffs on board: one to coach the bowl game, one to recruit for the future during the transition to the new coaching staff. Surprisingly, the NCAA allowed Ohio State the move Friday. Illinois hoped to get a decision Monday.
"If you do it in Columbus, you should be able to do it in Champaign,'' Beckman said.
Beckman said he wouldn't chase any recruits who made commitments to Toledo.
"I've got more respect for them than that,'' Beckman said.
Illinois hosted two official visits over the weekend and will honor the scholarships to the verbals commitments taken under former coach Ron Zook.John Supinie can be reached at Johnsupinie@aol.com. Follow him on Twitter @JohnSupinie.