Ron Zook to Be Named Illinois Football Coach

The University of Illinois has announced a press conference for Tuesday afternoon at 1:00 PM Central in which they are expected to announce Ron Zook as the next head coach of the University of Illinois football program.

The coaching search is over, and Ron Guenther has found his man, Ron Zook. There are no more rumors to follow and news stories to scour the web for the most minute of detail regarding the University of Illinois Head Coaching position. Tuesday afternoon will mark the start of the Ron Zook era in Illinois football.

From the Chicago Tribune ...
Former Florida coach Ron Zook will be named Tuesday as Illinois' 22nd head football coach, sources told The Associated Press Monday.

Zook's hiring will be announced at a 1 p.m. news conference, said two senior university officials speaking on the condition of anonymity.

From ESPN.com ...
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.

From the Champaign News Gazette ...
Illinois will name Ron Zook its 22nd head football coach Tuesday, his brother Bob told The News-Gazette on Monday. An early afternoon press conference will be held at the Bielfeldt Building to introduce the former Florida coach.

"I'm excited. He's excited," Bob Zook said from his Ohio home. "I think it's a great opportunity. He's back home as we're concerned."

Zook will fly to C-U Tuesday morning from Florida with his wife, Denise, and Florida offensive coordinator Larry Fedora.

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