• In this Nov. 22, 2014, file photo, Illinois offensive coordinator Bill Cubit talks to quarterback Reilly O'Toole (4) during an NCAA football game against Penn State in Champaign, Ill. Cubit has been named interim coach as Illinois abruptly fired head coach Tim Beckman one week before the start of the season Friday, Aug. 28, 2015, after an investigation of player mistreatment allegations revealed he had meddled in medical issues and inappropriately treated athletes who remained on scholarship after leaving the team. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb, File)

    Cubit tries to focus on football amid Illinois uncertainty

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — Next up for Bill Cubit is Illinois’ season opener against Kent State, and that’s it. The interim coach is focused on what he can control at the troubled school.

  • In this Sept. 6, 2014, file photo, Illinois  head coach Tim Beckman talks to defensive back Taylor Barton (3) during the third quarter of an NCAA college football game against Western Kentucky at Memorial Stadium in Champaign, Ill. Illinois fired coach Tim Beckman one week before the start of the season Friday, Aug. 29, 2015, saying preliminary results of an investigation found some truth to allegations of player mistreatment and inappropriate behavior. (AP Photo/Bradley Leeb, File)

    Illinois fires coach Tim Beckman 1 week before season opener

    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) — A week before the start of the football season, a difficult summer for the University of Illinois became chaotic as coach Tim Beckman was fired after an investigation found he tried to influence medical decisions and pressure players to play with injuries.