Only 36,000 and change paid to see the 2014 Illini football opener versus Youngstown St. Of course, the true number of butts in the seats was much lower, meaning that Memorial Stadium was essentially close to half empty.
That’s a huge problem for the job security of Tim Beckman and the state of the Illinois Fighting Illini football program. Yes, winning cures everything, and winning would solve this issue. Yes, Beckman’s 7-18, 1-15 in conference record has a lot to with why people aren’t showing up. Ultimately, it’s probably revenue at the gate, more than winning percentage in the standings that will force the hand of Athletic Director Mike Thomas.Follow paulmbanks