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Ron Zook Fired As Illinois Head Coach, According To Reports

Illinois head coach Ron Zook has been fired, according to a report from the Champaign News-Gazette's Bob Asmussen. Asmussen cites a source in his report, and says that official word on Zook's firing is forthcoming. Sources also tell CBS Sports that a press conference has been called for 4 p.m. Central to announce the firing.

Zook being let go comes as no surprise now, given the roller-coaster ride that has been Illinois football in the last 12 months. Zook was rumored to be on his way out at the end of 2010, after his Illini posted a 6-6 record, but was brought back for the 2011 season and had Illinois at 6-0 after its first six games of the season.

Then the Illini lost six straight games, becoming the first team in college football history to start 6-0 and finish 6-6, a collapse that likely sealed Zook's fate.

Zook is 34-50 in seven seasons at Illinois, peaking with a trip to the Rose Bowl in 2007 and recording just one other season above .500.

For more on the Fighting Illini, visit Illinois blog Hail to the Orange.