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University of Illinois Fires Coach Ron Zook

By Samantha Abernethy in News on Nov 27, 2011 8:00PM

illinois-ar.jpg University of Illinois football coach Ron Zook is out after seven seasons with the fighting Illini. After starting the season 6-0, the team collapsed and lost six straight. Director of Athletics Mike Thomas said in a release today:

"It is imperative that our program shows some consistency and competes for championships, and I think a change in coaches can help us get there sooner. I wasn't here seven years ago when Ron Zook took over as coach, but it's clear the program is in better shape than what he inherited. I believe we need new leadership to take the program to the level to compete for championships on a consistent basis.

Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning is taking over as interim coach. The Illini are still expected to make a bowl game appearance.