Tis the season to be jolly…unless you have been an Illinois football fan during the Ron Zook regime.
It looked like Christmas was going to come early for the surprising Illini, jumping out to a 5-3 start before losing three of their remaining four games.
Ron Zook came to Illinois in 2005, giving Illinois football fans everywhere something they definitely wanted for Christmas that year: a “high profile” coach. Sure Ron Zook couldn’t meet the expectations of the high pressure Florida job, but rebuilding an Illinois team that won only nine games after a Sugar Bowl appearance in 2001 under Ron Turner seemed within his reach.
Snap back to reality…Illinois is 6-6 and in a bowl game with a future that once again shows promise.
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