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