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Tag:Ron Zook Fired
Posted on: December 9, 2011 10:38 am
Edited on: December 9, 2011 10:48 am
 

Toledo's Tim Beckman headed to Illinois

Posted by Chip Patterson

Illinois has hired Toledo's Tim Beckman to replace Ron Zook as head football coach, according to the Associated Press.

An AP source at the the University of Toledo confirmed that Beckman told his players on Friday that he has accepted the recently-vacated Illini job. Zook was fired after Illinois's 6-0 start finished with a six-game losing streak and berth to the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against UCLA.

Toledo was Beckman's first stop as a head coach after serving as an assistant at Bowling Green, Ohio State, and Oklahoma State - where he was defensive coordinator from 2007-2008. In three seasons with the Rockets Beckman has compiled a 21-16 record and two straight bowl bids. Toledo (8-4) is slated to play Air Force in the Military Bowl, Beckman is not expected to coach that game.

Illinois is reportedly expected to hold a press conference this afternoon to introduce Beckman as the new head football coach.

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Posted on: November 27, 2011 1:20 pm
Edited on: November 27, 2011 2:06 pm
 

Illinois fires Ron Zook

Posted by Tom Fornelli

After starting the 2011 season with six straight victories and being ranked, Illinois lost its final six games of the season to finish at 6-6 and it seems the collapse has cost head coach Ron Zook his job.

According to CBSSports.com Rapid Reporter Cody Westerlund, Zook was reportedly fired on Sunday morning. The school made it official with a release on Sunday afternoon.

"I assessed the entire program and felt that it was time for a change in leadership," said Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas in a release. "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. This is an extremely competitive conference, and we are determined to go head-to-head with the very best."

Current Illinois defensive coordinator Vic Koenning has been named as the team's interim head coach.

Zook spent seven seasons with Illinois, going 34-51 in that span. The high point of his time in Champaign came in 2007 when the Illini finished the season 9-4 and went to the Rose Bowl and lost to USC. Illinois' only other bowl appearance under Zook came last season when it beat Baylor in the Texas Bowl.
 
 
 
 
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