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Illinois Hires Beckman for $9 Million Over 5 Years
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Illinois will pay newly hired football coach Tim Beckman $9 million over five years.

Athletic director Mike Thomas says Beckman will make about $1.6 million his first season and about $1.8 million on average for each year of his deal. Thomas said Beckman will be able to earn bonuses for bowl appearances and other benchmarks that are still being worked out.

Beckman was introduced as the new Illini coach on Friday. He spent three years as head coach at Toledo.

Beckman replaces Ron Zook who was fired last month. The 6-6 Illini will take on UCLA New Year's Eve in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Zook was paid about $2.6 million to buy out the last two year of his contract, $1.3 million a season.

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