The family of former defensive back Nick North on Tuesday said he was "harassed" by Beckman, who tried to pressure North into signing a release from his scholarship. North, who had been recruited by previous coach Ron Zook, declined to sign the release and graduated in December from Illinois.
"Despite the mistreatment and harassment and not letting him play, he still got his degree," Willis North, Nick's father, told the Tribune. "He was healthy and they still wouldn't let him play. They were trying to corner him and tell him, 'You're injured, so you need to sign this letter so we can use this spot for someone else.' "
I may be in the minority on a fan site like this, but I think this happens A LOT more than people realize. Without making an accusation, this is the very reason why I do not like the 'carefrontation' thing one bit. Maybe it's legit, maybe it's not. But, when we are talking about compromising the future of a young athlete with the ultimate motivation being the enrichment of an already multi-million dollar coach, doubt sets in to my mind.