News from the college football scene is somewhat tame this time of year, but a former Illinois lineman generated incendiary headlines Sunday with his Twitter tirade against Illini head coach Tim Beckman and his staff.
Deadspin catalogued the entire rant of Simon Cvijanovic, the former Illinois lineman who accused Beckman of serious physical and psychological abuse.
Responses from a few of Cvijanovic’s former Illini teammates not included in the above linked Deadspin rundown dispute the lineman’s assessment.
Everyone has a tough journey/story playing collegiate sports. Stop blaming one person or situation and start taking responsibility
— Miles Osei (@TheMiles8) May 10, 2015
Simon quit on his brothers when we needed him most. These coaches let him stay on scholarship to finish his degree. #truth
— Teddy Karras(@_teddy_k) May 10, 2015
My son has had injuries since being at Illinois and the coaches have handled them professionally.
— Matt DiLauro(@DiLauroMatt) May 10, 2015
The last tweet is from current Illinois lineman Christian DiLauro’s father.
The university’s sports information department released an official statement from Tim Beckman, with the added note that this will be his only public address on the subject:
“Simon Cvijanovic was a valued member of the University of Illinois football team. He chose to leave the team during the 2014 regular season and withdrew from the university before the end of the semester. Upon his return for the spring semester, we have continued to support him with medical care, an academic scholarship and academic advising. We cannot make any student accept our support. We wish him success in completing his degree, and we wish him the best of success in whatever he pursues after he graduates.”
Whether this is a situation more akin to former Washington State receiver Marquess Wilson’s baseless charges against Mike Leach, or like former Rutgers basketball coach Mike Rice’s mistreatment of players, the NCAA must investigate.
For Today’s U., I examined the breakout potential of Stanford sophomore Christian McCaffrey. I asked David Shaw about McCaffrey’s role on the 2015 Cardinal last month, and the above link includes the coach’s thoughts.
McCaffrey showed exciting, playmaking potential late in the season. His role in Stanford’s conference championship-altering upset of UCLA was profound, and he could play an integral part in the Cardinal returning to Pac-12 contention.
Chris Scarnati, Sports Illustrated
Aaron Golub is a legally blind sophomore at Tulane. He’s also the Green Wave football team’s long snapper.
Sports Illustrated examined Golub’s attempt to make history as a member of Tulane’s 2015 team:
“Aaron can really snap,” Tulane coach Curtis Johnson says. “He puts a lot of velocity on the ball and I think he’s getting stronger and better. He’s not there yet, but one day I think he could help us win some games.”
The SI piece includes some awesome video of Golub plying his trade. His is a truly inspirational story, and one worth following as it develops throughout the coming campaign.