- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 13, 2015

URBANA, Ill. (AP) - The University of Illinois now says it plans an independent investigation of allegations that football coach Tim Beckman pressured an injured player to play and that the player was misled about his injuries.

Urbana-Champaign campus spokeswoman Robin Kaler said Wednesday that Chancellor Phyllis Wise is deciding how that investigation will be conducted. Kaler says it “likely will be some external organization that does this sort of thing. Frequently it’s law firms.”

Wise did not respond to a request for comment.

After former player Simon Cvijanovic accused Beckman of mishandling his injuries athletic director, Mike Thomas initially said he and the chancellor were planning a review of the allegations.

Kaler said information generated by the investigation would only be released if it didn’t violate privacy laws or other legal restrictions.

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