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Illinois, Simon Cvijanovic reach $250,000 settlement

Former Illini offensive tackle receives $250,000 from university to compensate for injuries and medical expenses suffered while a player

Two years later, the scandal that rocked Illinois football appears to have closure.

Illinois confirmed it has reached a $250,000 settlement with former Illinois football player Simon Cvijanovic for injuries and medical expenses sustained during his five-year Illinois career. The settlement was paid with funds from the university's self-insurance plan.

Cvijanovic's Mother's Day 2015 tweet storm of allegations against former Illinois coach Tim Beckman sparked a scandal that resulted in the dismissals of Beckman and athletics director Mike Thomas

"The health and welfare of our student-athletes is a priority for us -- both while they are here on campus and in the years after they graduate," ," UI chancellor Robert Jones said in a statement. "We want to ensure that they have outstanding educational experiences at Illinois and that they leave here prepared to lead lives and careers of impact. We sincerely hope this agreement helps Mr. Cvijanovic resolve any continuing health concerns and lets him focus on his future goals and aspirations."

Cvijanovic alleged Beckman urged him to play through knee and shoulder injuries suffered during the 2013 and 2014 seasons and suffered psychological problems as a result. The allegations and subsequent allegations from other former Beckman players resulted in an external investigation which found that Beckman pressured players to play hurt and pressured trainers to keep players off the injury report.

Beckman was fired a week before the 2015 season after just the preliminary findings of the investigation. Thomas was dismissed after the full findings were released in November 2015.

"As a proud alumnus of the University of Illinois, I am pleased to see necessary administrative changes have been made in efforts of prioritizing player safety," Cvijanovic said in a statement. "I am hopeful that these actions and outcomes will nurture a wholesome, positive educational experience for all students on all campus in our future."


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