When a coach leaves a program, he rarely goes back to talk to his former players. Sure, he'll hold a meeting, maybe some tears will be shed, but once the office is cleaned out and the car pulls off the lot, the coach is gone leaving a slew of angry tweets from players in his wake.
This could have been the way Tim Beckman left Toledo, but he didn't want that to be the Rockets' lasting impression of their coach.
In an interview with Gerry DiNardo of the Big Ten Network, Beckman shared his feelings about making things right at Toledo.
"Terrible. Hardest thing I've ever done," Beckman said of leaving Toledo after three seasons. "I guarantee you that I'm one of the only ones that went back. I went back to the senior banquet because I needed to say goodbye to parents. I needed to say goodbye to those seniors. Those seniors won eight football games. They are the reason that I'm here."
When Beckman was hired after the 2008 season, he inherited a team that was 3-9 and hadn't had a winning season since 2005. The Rockets went 5-7 in his first year, but nearly won the Mid-American Conference West Division in 2010 and 2011. When Beckman decided to leave for Illinois, players were understandably hurt and went to Twitter to vent their frustrations.