Beckman visits ESPN "Car Wash"

Published 07/30 2014 05:57PM

Updated 07/30 2014 06:38PM

BRISTOL, Conn. - Tim Beckman got the ESPN royal treatment on Wednesday.  They call it the "Car Wash."  Beckman spent most of the day at ESPN's headquarters in Bristol for a series of interviews across all of ESPN's platforms.  That included stops on SportsCenter, College Football Live and in-depth interviews with ESPN's writers.  It was all part of a two-day event where all 14 Big Ten coaches visit Bristol for ESPN's own media days.

You can bet a lot of the talk was about Wes Lunt, but also about Illinois' defense.  They were one of the youngest units in the Big Ten a year ago, but also one of the worst: 10th in scoring defense, 11th in total defense and dead last in defending the run.  They do return almost everyone from last year's defense, so depth should be much better this year.

"That side of the conference will be very, very physical and in my opinion," Beckman said of the newly-formed West division.  "You still gotta stop the power.  We have to play better.  There's no question about that.  That's tackling and that's breaking on the football.  If you look at takeaways - the turnover ratio - who was number 1 in the country? Well Florida State, and they just happened to win the national championship, so those are things we've gotta get better at doing."

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