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University of Illinois trustees have approved the 5-year, $9 million contract for new head football coach Tim Beckman but not before two trustees voted against it.

Trustees Lawrence Oliver and James Montgomery said at a trustees meeting Thursday in Chicago that they were voting against the contract because they believe the university didn't work hard enough to find a black head coach.

Beckman is white. Illinois has never had a black head football coach or head men's basketball coach.

Oliver said he believes the university will need to make hiring a black head coach a priority before it will happen. Both Oliver and Montgomery are black.

Beckman came to Illinois in December from Toledo to replace the fired Ron Zook.

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