Illinois Football: Butch Jones and 3 Potential Replacements for Ron Zook

Ron Zook was recently fired by the University of Illinois after a very disappointing 6-6 season.

After an exciting 6-0 start, Illini fans had hopes of playing in the first Big Ten Championship game. But, after several putrid offensive efforts, the Illini lost the final six games for a meager 6-6 team.

Zook finished his seven-year Illinois career with a 34-50 record (18-37 in the Big Ten). And, more importantly, the Illini only made it to two bowl games (soon to be three) during the Zook era: a blowout loss to USC in the 2008 Rose Bowl and a blowout win in the 2010 Texas Bowl against Baylor.

A 27-7 loss at Minnesota in the final week of the regular season was the final straw for Zook, who was fired on Sunday. Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning will take over as the interim head coach for whatever bowl game the Illini are selected to play in, but he’s not the long term answer as head coach. Read more of this post

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Missouri vs. Illinois: Which team would have won Arch Rivalry game in 2011?

The Illinois Fighting Illini decided to end their rivalry with the Missouri Tigers in football this season, meaning the Arch Rivalry game wasn’t held for the first time since 2006.

In the long history of the rivalry, dating back to 1896, the two teams have played intermittently every few years. There have been a total of 24 matchups and Mizzou holds the series lead, 17-7.

The Tigers are currently on a six game winning streak against the Illini, and have won every game since the series moved to St. Louis in 2007. Read more of this post