Former Florida DE fondly remembers ex-coach Ron Zook as 'the realest' for frat house confrontation
The Ron Zook era of Florida football was known for its many ups and downs, and the downs greatly outnumbered the ups.
For some Gator fans, the low point of the Zook era was “the frat house incident.” During the 2004 season, members of the Florida football team were reportedly involved in a fight with members of the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity at 2 a.m. That following night, around 9:45 p.m., Zook and 10-15 players showed up at the house. What happened next depends on who you ask. In a released statement, Zook said at the time “I went to the Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity house to ensure that some of my players did not retaliate for Wednesday’s incident.”
The most memorable quote from the news reports, however, belonged to UF’s then-director of Greek life Christopher Bullins who told police what Zook allegedly told fraternity members:
“I’m not going to let you take the [expletive] football team down. … I will do anything in my power to take this house down.”
While the story, which went viral pre-social media, was considered an embarrassment for the program by many, one former player looks back fondly on Zook. 1010XL shared a snippet of an interview with Jeremy Mincey, who played for UF 2004-05 as a transfer, where he recalled the incident. He called Zook “the realest” coach he played for going with the players down to the house.
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Zook would later be fired during the 2004 season after losing to Mississippi State. Mincey played in the NFL from 2006-15.