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Illinois Fighting Illini (dumpster fire)

Discussion in 'College Football' started by osugrad21, Jul 29, 2004.

  1. doubleEbuck

    doubleEbuck Newbie

    I thought chow was mentioned in years past for some high profile jobs but always declined b/c he was content at USC? didn't he leave ncst to go back to the west coast? or am i dreaming something else?
     
  2. ScarletArrow

    ScarletArrow I'm wearing Gold Pants

    Chow would be scary with all of that FL talent on his roster - but can he be as good of a HC as he is an OC?

    Not saying he couldn't do it - just that there would be a lot more hats he would have to wear.

    He would seem to be one of the lowest risk candidates out there.
     
  3. RugbyBuck

    RugbyBuck Our church has no bells.

    And he would have a hell of a QB to work with in Chris Leak.
     
  4. OSUsushichic

    OSUsushichic Fired up! Ready to go! Staff Member

    Maybe Zook can coach his alma mater ... the Loudonville High School Redbirds! :biggrin:
     
  5. strohs

    strohs Go Bucks!

    They probably told him, if you leave now you dont get paid.
    Coach out the rest of the season as a lame duck, and you get X,XXX,XXX dollars.
     
  6. BuckBackHome

    BuckBackHome Wolverine is largest member of weasel family

    I thought he was a finalist last year for Arizona (don't remember which one) that they ultimately hired one of the Stoops for. I don't remember hearing he yanked his own name, just that Stoops received it.
     
  7. BuckeyeTillIDie

    BuckeyeTillIDie The North Remembers

    isn't Charlie Strong UF's defensive coordinator??? I thought he was pretty good..
     
  8. Sdgobucks

    Sdgobucks Pig on a wing

    The reason Zook agreed to it is that he is a dumb ass.

    I am not sure but the Florida D got 30 some dropped on them by the worst team in 1A ... he cant be that good.
     
  9. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    At lunch I had ESPN on the tv... it said not only was Zook fired, but the whole coaching staff was fired...
     
  10. lloydman

    lloydman NCAA Junkie

    At the press conference, the AD said that had been reported incorrectly. Only Zook has been fired and the other coaches can be retained by the new coach if offered.

    Most likely the vast majority of them will leave or not be retained.
     
  11. gbearbuck

    gbearbuck Herbie for President

    that makes more sense... I was floored that they would dump the whole staff in the middle of the season (think about the recruiting efforts if the staff knew they didn't have a job at the end of the year)... guess this time bomb was waiting to go off for a while...
     
  12. WestEnd

    WestEnd look ma no shoelaces, and I'm down with the KIIING

    Spurrier sucks. The defenses (not to mention overall competitiveness) of the SEC are way better than they were in the 90's. But I'd love to see him come back to florida just so to get stomped by everyone sans vanderbilt (I though I heard that he never won in starkville either.) Seeing his clueless mug on the sidelines in DC made me way happier than I'd ever thought it would. I can only hope that type of passing joy may someday re-enter my life.
     
  13. BuckWrestler141

    BuckWrestler141 Junior '18 Bowl Mania Champ

    Not sure if anyone cares. This should help them keep their 5 star running back recruit, I was wondering if Turner being fired would improve chances for opening up his commitment, then i just laughed and realized it probably made it stronger. Hear is to hoping Turned coaches the Domers. :tongue2:
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    CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Former Florida coach Ron Zook will take over at Illinois, sources confirmed Monday.


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    <!-- END INLINE UNIT -->Zook's hiring as head coach will be announced at a news conference Tuesday. He will replace Ron Turner, who was fired Nov. 22 after the team went 3-8.



    Florida fired Zook on Oct. 25 after an embarrassing loss at Mississippi State. Zook coached the Gators for the rest of the season, finishing 7-4, including 3-1 after he was fired, and getting an invitation to the Peach Bowl.



    Zook's firing at Florida came after two-plus years with the Gators, satisfying a growing groundswell for his ouster that began the day he replaced Steve Spurrier, who left for the NFL.



    Zook was 23-14 with Florida and had some impressive victories, including two over Georgia, one over eventual national champion LSU last season and an upset of Florida State on Nov. 20. It was the Gators' first win in Tallahassee since 1986. That may have been Zook's final game with Florida. He has not said whether he will coach the Gators in a bowl game.



    Turner was fired after Illinois had just one Big Ten victory in two seasons. Just three years ago, Turner led the Illini to their first conference title in a decade.



    Illinois won only once in 2003 and lost 14 Big Ten games in a row before defeating Indiana 26-22 on Nov. 6. Two of the Illini's four wins in the past two seasons have been against Division I-AA opponents, Illinois State and Florida A&M.


    Thats the article so you don't have to support espn, but the link is
    http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/news/story?id=1940034
     
  14. Buckeyeskickbuttocks

    Buckeyeskickbuttocks Z --> Z^2 + c Staff Member

    Firezook dot com should arrive shortly, I suppose.
     
  15. brutus2002

    brutus2002 Junior

    I think hes a great recruiter. Look at the classes he had at Florida. I know Illinois is not Florida but I think if he can get most of the Illinois talent he can turn it around there.
     

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