Illinois and Ron Zook Understand Each Other, How To Lose

Posted by Kristofer Green on November-17-2009 Add Comments

CHAMPAIGN, IL—Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald was three years old when Illinois coach Ron Zook began his coaching career at Murray State, five years old when Zook left Murray State for Cincinnati, and eight years old when Zook took over as defensive coordinator at Kansas.

Before Fitzgerald went on to be a two-time All-American linebacker for the Wildcats, Zook had also worked for Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Ohio State, and Florida.

In 1997, when Fitzgerald was a rookie with the Dallas Cowboys and Zook was the special teams coach for the Pittsburgh Steelers, the two teams met at Three Rivers Stadium for the season opener.

Fitzgerald's team won that day, too.

The two men have lived most of their lives on the f...

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