Posted by Chip Patterson
Illinois head coach Ron Zook has always been one of the animated characters in college football. His praises have been occasionally overshadowed by his downfalls, and from time to time his dealings with the media provide an entertainment value not usually included in postgame press conferences.
For the Fighting Illini, one win stands between them and bowl eligibility. A win that could have been picked up at the expense of a struggling Minnesota team. So after Saturday's 38-34 home loss to the Golden Gophers, Zook took the podium with a loquacious explanation for why the Fighting Illini lost to a team that had not yet won a conference game. Unfortunately, an unexpected flash from a camera set off a charge in Zook's mind that replaced half of his argument with the phrase "bowl game."
Seriously, he uses the phrase six times in 17 seconds. Does he think about the bowl game? Does he not think about the bowl game? Are YOU thinking about the bowl game? BOWL GAME! BOWL GAME! BOWL GAME!
Okay I'm done. Video below.