Former Florida head coach Ron Zook clarified that he is not a fan of his former school Monday, saying "they fired me" at the Knoxville Quarterback Club.
Ron Zook said stadium announcer Bobby Denton called him Ron Zooook when Florida play at Tennessee first time. "It pissed me off."— Phil Kaplan (@philkaplan) September 16, 2013
Zook on being coach at Florida. Playing in SEC I understand there is not a lot patience. #Gators— Phil Kaplan (@philkaplan) September 16, 2013
Zook: I'm not a Florida fan. I'm a football fan. They fired me. #Gators— Phil Kaplan (@philkaplan) September 16, 2013
Johnny Majors endorsing Zook: Never had to crank Ron Zook up. He could recruit and coach his butt on the field.— Phil Kaplan (@philkaplan) September 16, 2013
Zook was the guest speaker at the Knoxville Quarterback Club ahead of Tennessee's game against Florida, whom Zook coached from 2002-04 (and served as an assistant coach from 1991-95). He was fired after posting a 23-14 record with the Gators in three years, and landed with Illinois, where he compiled a 34-51 record in seven season.
After being fired by Illinois after the 2011 season, Zook reportedly worked at a bank in Florida. He currently works as a college football analyst with CBS Sports.