Illinois Head Coach and Offensive Coordinator Nearly Come to Blows on Sideline

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistNovember 16, 2013

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Illinois head coach Tim Beckman and offensive coordinator Bill Cubit got into a heated argument on the sidelines and had to be separated in the third quarter of the Fighting Illini's game against No. 3 Ohio State.

The Fighting Illini had worked their way back to make it 35-21 in the third quarter after falling behind by 28 points early in the second quarter but were facing a critical third down near their own end zone. Starting quarterback Nathan Scheelhaase had to come out of the game for the play after his helmet came off during the previous play, so Reilly O'Toole came in for the big play.

After a false start made it 3rd-and-14 from their own 5-yard line, Buckeyes linebacker Ryan Shazier sacked O'Toole for the safety to make it 37-21. 

It's not known what they were arguing about, but the head coach could have been upset that his offensive coordinator didn't call a running play with his backup quarterback in the game near his own end zone.

To make matters worse, Ohio State scored a touchdown (and tacked on the extra point) on its ensuing drive to take a 23-point lead.