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06:48 AM ET 11.28 | Illinois athletic director Mike Thomas decided Sunday to part ways with football coach Ron Zook. Now comes the tough part. He must select his successor. Illinois has struggled to find a coach who can win consistently and make the Illini an annual Big Ten contender. Thomas may consider: Steve Addazio (Temple), Paul Chryst (Wisconsin), Skip Holtz (South Florida), Butch Jones (Cincinnati), former Texas Tech coach Mike Leach, Paul Rhoads (Iowa State), Kevin Sumlin (Houston).

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November 28, 2011  07:14 AM ET

Baba Booey!

November 28, 2011  07:43 AM ET

Who ever gets hired is lucky. I mean, with all the years Zook got there, I could get a three year shot myself.

November 28, 2011  07:49 AM ET

HIRE STEVE ADDAZIO!!!

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November 28, 2011  08:06 AM ET
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+1. The Buckeyes need a sure-fire B1G win.

Be careful what you ask for. Addazio is a heck of a recruiter especially in the Northeast.

November 28, 2011  08:23 AM ET
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HIRE STEVE ADDAZIO!!!

Ghost from the past!

November 28, 2011  08:35 AM ET

Butch Jones from UC will either go to Illini or N. Carolina

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November 28, 2011  08:43 AM ET
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New Jersey seems to be the only real locus of football recruiting in that area that I can think of. TOSU has historically done well there.Funny how Addazio's praises are now sung, but wasn't worthy enough to remain OC or the HCIW at Florida (remember "Fire Steve Addazio!" ???). Personally, I think tOSU heir apparent Urban Meyer should pick up Addazio for his new staff in C-bus, unless SA wants to chart his own course. Big bucks await in any event.

The evidence of his inability to both OC and Oline coach was still on display against FSU's Dline. Our Oline is so messed up from neglect.

November 28, 2011  08:55 AM ET

Well, it won't be Urban Meyer. He's officially going to Ohio State.

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November 28, 2011  09:37 AM ET
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I think he's joining Meyer in Columbus.

I don't see that. I don't think Urban would want him as an OC. Addazio will not take a O line coaching position.

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November 28, 2011  09:42 AM ET
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was kidding.rumor is he reached out to Diaz as DC but he declined.

UTx DC is a good position.

My sarcasm meter is off today. It kept making fun of me actually thinking UF's offense would not be horrible this year.

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November 28, 2011  09:55 AM ET

They're going to hire Coach Anyonenotzook.

 
November 28, 2011  10:07 AM ET
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They're going to hire Coach Anyonenotzook.

I would go with Leach or Sumlin, someone who is going to run a high powered offense and does not recruit the same players as everyone else the B1G

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