Believe it or not, some college football fans don’t want to see Ron Zook fired. Instead, they want to see him hired.
The first SEC coach that we can recall to have a website dedicated to his firing, www.fireronzook.com was once a very popular site for frustrated Gator fans following the conclusion of the highly successful tenure of Steve Spurrier in Gainesville. Two days after Zook was hired to replace Spurrier, www.fireronzook.com was created, according to the site’s creator.
Zook coached at Florida from 2002 thru 2004 and began his tenure with back-to-back 8-5 seasons before a 7-4 season resulted in his firing in Gainesville. While he may not have gotten the job done on the field, his recruiting efforts paved the way for Urban Meyer to have immediate success and played a part in the Gators winning the national championship in Meyer’s second season.
After failing to achieve much success in the SEC, Zook landed the Illinois job and managed to take the team to the Rose Bowl in his third season. However, that was the highlight of his coaching career, as he racked up a 34-51 overall record in Champagne before being dismissed. Upon his departure from Illinois, Zook landed a job in Green Bay working for Mike McCarthy. With McCarthy now out in Green Bay, Zook is also now looking for work.
While he may not have been a hot commodity in Gainesville, some in the Illinois fanbase still must hold Zook in high regard as a new site for the coach has been created — www. hireronzook.com.
The site’s mission is not for Zook to replace head coach Lovie Smith but to serve as the program’s defensive coordinator. They have photoshopped images of the two coaches working together.
What are the changes this site dedicated to Zook works as well as the more notorious one?