Former Illinois OL tears into coach Tim Beckman on Twitter

Former Illinois offensive lineman Simon Cvijanovic is not happy with the way his career with the football team ended.

Sunday, Cvijanovic, a senior in 2014, lit into Illinois coach Tim Beckman via his Twitter account. He missed the final four games of the season after he was hurt against Ohio State. Before the injury, he was the team's starting left tackle.

In the series of tweets that started Sunday afternoon and continued into the evening, some of which are included below, he said he was "uninvited" from the team's football banquet and that he was treated poorly after the injury.

He also claimed Beckman called him a quitter. Sunday evening, Illinois released a statement from Beckman.

“Simon Cvijanovic was a valued member of the University of Illinois football team," Beckman said. "He chose to leave the team during the 2014 regular season and withdrew from the university before the end of the semester. Upon his return for the spring semester, we have continued to support him with medical care, an academic scholarship and academic advising. We cannot make any student accept our support. We wish him success in completing his degree, and we wish him the best of success in whatever he pursues after he graduates.”

Cvijanovic also used the rant as an opportunity to rail against the NCAA's structure and advocated for a push for unionization.

You can check out his entire timeline here. He also said Beckman even advocated for a move to right tackle because of his injury and on Sunday evening said he "basically" knew Beckman was a liar. Beckman was the coach at Toledo before he became Illinois' coach in 2012.

Illinois finished 6-7 last season after losing the Heart of Dallas Bowl to Louisiana Tech.

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