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Ron Zook is not here to talk about Ron Zook

Posted on: November 15, 2011 3:53 pm
 
Posted by Adam Jacobi

Illinois is on a four-game losing streak this season, and considering the Illini have to face Wisconsin this week, that could easily turn into a five-game losing streak. That's bad news for head coach Ron Zook, who came into the season firmly on the hot seat and who appeared to have turned off the flames by leading his team to a 6-0 start -- only to not win a game since.

Well, rumors about Zook's future are flying once again, and while they're not enough to merit an official report, they are enough to worry Zook to the point that at his weekly press conference, he stated ahead of time that he wouldn't be answering any questions about his future.

Said Zook at the press conference, "Before we get going, this thing's about our football team, it's about the team that we're playing, about the things going on with our football team. It's not about me, not about my future; I think our fans and our players deserve that. And if you feel compelled to talk about that, then my part will be over with."

Reporter Shannon Ryan of the Chicago Tribune then asked Zook how he was keeping his players from being distracted by any rumors of his departure. Technically and logically, it satisfied Zook's criterion for asking a football-related question. In practice, however, it was enough for a good old-fashioned walk-out.

[Watch the video of Ron Zook storming out of the Illinois press conference here.] 

Obviously, it's up to Zook how much he does and doesn't want to discuss, and Shannon knew what she was doing when she asked the question. But walking out of a press conference because of one question is still hardly the way to maintain a great deal of dignity and public pride in the midst of a losing streak. Listen to the questions, calmly decline to answer them each time. Take your lumps. "Be a man," in a football coach's parlance. Right?
Comments

Since: Oct 25, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:17 am
 

Ron Zook is not here to talk about Ron Zook

He was very clear, but the reporter chose to be a smart-ass and she got what she asked for.  Why is anyone surprised and why is anyone attaching any blame to Zook?  He set the boundaries, as is his right, and the reporter chose to ignore those boundaries to provoke him and get a reaction.  She got the reaction and now she's whining that she got what she asked for??  He's the head coach and she's only there as a courtesy.  He could have banned her from the facility.



Since: Mar 23, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 11:07 am
 

Ron Zook is not here to talk about Ron Zook

Good for Zook. He said what would happen and actually did it. SCrew the politically correct crap that the world forces on high profile figures.



Since: Oct 20, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 10:17 am
 

Ron Zook is not here to talk about Ron Zook

Northern Illinois produces a ton of division I players - fertile recruiting area.  Illinois gets their share, but they almost always suck.  The Cubs of College football?



Since: Nov 19, 2006
Posted on: November 16, 2011 8:38 am
 

Ron Zook is not here to talk about Ron Zook

Zook is a very good recruter, but a very poor head coach.  He simply can not handle the day to day pressures that go along with the job.  He proved that again yesterday, by storming out of his weekly press conference.  When you have a coaching record and a history like Zook has, you have to expect these types of questions.  Obviously he is beginning to unravel.  The bad news is that he faces a very good Wisconsin team at home this week.  The good news is that it is Illinois last home game.  They get to close the season at Minnesota, a team that is not very good, unless you are from Iowa.



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 3:51 am
 

Ron Zook is not here to talk about Ron Zook

Yeah, Zook is a good coach, all right.  That's why Steve Spurrier fired him as defensive coordinator after the 1995 season and hired Bob Stoops in his place.  And wouldn't you know, the Gators won the national title the following year because they had a defense to match their offense.  Zook was one of Dennis Dodd's favorites and he used to write columns telling us about all the great things Zook was going to do at Illinois, how Florida would regret getting rid of him.  Of course, Dodd hasn't written anything like that lately. 



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 3:46 am
 

Ron Zook is not here to talk about Ron Zook

Yeah, Zook is a good coach, all right.  That's why Steve Spurrier fired him as defensive coordinator after the 1995 season and hired Bob Stoops in his place.  And wouldn't you know, the Gators won the national title the following year because they had a defense to match their offense.  Zook was one of Dennis Dodd's favorites and he used to write columns telling us about all the great things Zook was going to do at Illinois, how Florida would regret getting rid of him.  Of course, Dodd hasn't written anything like that lately. 



Since: Feb 11, 2009
Posted on: November 16, 2011 3:46 am
 

Ron Zook is not here to talk about Ron Zook

Yeah, Zook is a good coach, all right.  That's why Steve Spurrier fired him as defensive coordinator after the 1995 season and hired Bob Stoops in his place.  And wouldn't you know, the Gators won the national title the following year because they had a defense to match their offense.  Zook was one of Dennis Dodd's favorites and he used to write columns telling us about all the great things Zook was going to do at Illinois, how Florida would regret getting rid of him.  Of course, Dodd hasn't written anything like that lately. 



Since: Oct 14, 2010
Posted on: November 15, 2011 10:10 pm
 

Ron Zook is not here to talk about Ron Zook

Zook might set some guidelines, but he doesn't make the rules about what a reporter can or can't ask.  It is his job to grow up and say "next question," or "I choose not to answer that" or whatever.  But walking out shows what a thin-skinned loser Zook is.  He can look for another job next season but please not as a member of the sports press.  Shannon Ryan is too cool and who knew she had that much power over even a light-weight weasel like Ron Zook.  Go Illini.  Your coach just lost to a reporter.  A woman reporter?  I don't think that makes it worse.  But it is funny.  Next interview we will hear, "I'm little Ronnie Zook.  Please don't ask me any hard questions.  If you do I may go home.  Okay, y'all?"  Attention, Ron, there is room next to the Pelini sisters who whine when they don't get their way.



Since: May 14, 2008
Posted on: November 15, 2011 9:28 pm
 

Ron Zook is not here to talk about Ron Zook

Idiot reporters, they are told certain things and then break the rules just to get a story or start a scene.  I hate when a sideline reporter sticks a microphone in the face of coaches during halftime or right after a tough loss, that really aggrevates me!!



Since: Jul 18, 2011
Posted on: November 15, 2011 8:47 pm
 

Ron Zook is not here to talk about Ron Zook

Zook is a good guy and a good coach.  The reporter was a smart a#$ and he did the right thing by walking.


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