Badgers football: Illini coach Tim Beckman apologizes for tobacco use during game

2012-10-06T20:00:00Z 2012-10-06T21:01:25Z Badgers football: Illini coach Tim Beckman apologizes for tobacco use during gameADAM MERTZ | Wisconsin State Journal | adam.mertz@madison.com | 608-252-6474 madison.com

Illinois football coach Tim Beckman apologized for using chewing tobacco during Saturday's game at the University of Wisconsin, a minor NCAA violation.

"That’s a bad habit of mine. I apologize for that," Beckman said. "I guess it’s the stress. But there is no excuse for that. It will be stopped."

In a video captured by ABC TV cameras and distributed by TheBigLead.com, Beckman reaches into a small cylinder and puts a not-so-little pinch between his cheek and gum.

Big deal, you say? It is to the NCAA, which has cracked down on the practice in recent years.

In fact, according to Rule 1, Section 4, Article 14, using tobacco products of any kind during a game is a dead-ball violation worthy of immediate disqualification.

Even though Beckman's tobacco use occurred before the opening kickoff, it still is subject to the rule. The NCAA's prohibition covers the span "from the time the officials assume jurisdiction until the referee declares the game over," with the starting point being the commencement of organized warmups.

According to a report by the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Ohio State assistant coach Mike Vrabel was spotted using tobacco on the sidelines during the 2011 season by a Columbus-area health teacher, and the Buckeyes reported it as a secondary violation.

USA Today reported that in March, the NCAA reprimanded two football coaches and the athletic director at Shepherd University, a Division II program in Charleston, W. Va., for using smokeless tobacco during a playoff game against Delta State in December.

Asked if he expects to be fined by the Big Ten, Beckman said, "I have no idea to be honest with you but it shouldn’t have been done. I take full responsibility for a habit that I’ve (developed) and I apologize for that."

Here is the verbatim language from the NCAA regarding tobacco use.

NCAA 2012-13 Division I Manual:

11.1.5 use of tobacco Products. The use of tobacco products is prohibited by all game personnel (e.g., coaches, trainers, managers and game officials) in all sports during practice and competition. Uniform penalties (as determined by the applicable rules-making committees and sports committees with rules-making responsibilities) shall be established for such use. (Adopted: 1/11/94 effective 8/1/94, Revised: 1/10/95, 1/14/97 effective 8/1/97)

Football rules 2011-12

Rule 1, Section 4, Article 14: Players, squad members and game personnel (e.g., coaches, athletics trainers, managers and game officials) are prohibited from using tobacco products from the time the officials assume jurisdiction until the referee declares the game over.

PENALTY—Disqualification. On-the-field infractions are treated as deadball fouls with penalty enforcement at the succeeding spot [S47].

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(7) Comments

  1. IndependentsRuleTheRoost
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    IndependentsRuleTheRoost - October 10, 2012 7:21 pm
    You're about as asinine as they come.
  2. IndependentsRuleTheRoost
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    IndependentsRuleTheRoost - October 10, 2012 7:19 pm
    Oh boy, I can't hardly wait for CarolASThompson's reply to your comment, this lunitic pro smoker goes completely over the deep end when she talks about the illness caused by smoking! You're in for a real "treat".
  3. smokefree
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    smokefree - October 10, 2012 7:04 pm
    kooler's comments are pretty much to the point, although I would not be comfortable using those exact words.

    To nufsenuf, this is a real news story and a more unique one than if the reporter wrote up a routine story that ran with the coach's comments after the game of "they were a tough opponent today out on the field." The ABC cameraperson who picked up Beckman using tobacco along with Mertz and all the others who wrote their stories may be the catalyst to have Beckham get professional help to break his apparent addiction to this lethal substance. I wonder how long Beckham had been using the stuff on the field before it was noticed by the media.

    As for CarolASThompson's comment, "And why is tobacco use treated as if it's some kind of felony? It's to please the arrogant, corrupt, overprivileged oligarchy that tyrannizes ths country" - Although your sarcasm reeks of that of a smoker, who likely is blind to understanding that tobacco and athletes do not belong on the same page in life let alone on the football field. You probably don't dip tobacco so you might only be aware of the illnesses caused by smoking. Take a look at this website to get an understanding of what those who chew or dip tobacco have to look forward to if they continue: http://www.killthecan.org/pics/







  4. dashhandsome
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    dashhandsome - October 07, 2012 10:31 am
    Beckman shouldn't be sorry for his use of tobacco. It IS a legal substance. He should just be sorry that he did it during the game, which could have cost him a penalty. At least she should have tried to hide it.
  5. kooler
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    kooler - October 06, 2012 11:41 pm
    you 2 tea-baggers should keep your "common sense", imbecilic opinions to yourselves. go eat a hogshead of the stuff if you think it's so good. when your lower jaw rots off pay for your own healthcare you libertarian nutbags.
  6. CarolASThompson
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    CarolASThompson - October 06, 2012 7:27 pm
    And why is tobacco use treated as if it's some kind of felony? It's to please the arrogant, corrupt, overprivileged oligarchy that tyrannizes ths country. And the mass media are nothing but their propaganda machine.
  7. nufsenuf
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    nufsenuf - October 06, 2012 6:03 pm
    Adam Mertz needs to search for a life and leave his elementary school behavior behind him. On second thought I'm sure he was the 'SNITCH' all through his schooling and a[[arently he hasn't graduated to adulthood yet. My advice is to find a real news story and then try to act like a reporter.
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