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Two years away from coaching was enough for Zook

11:07 PM, Feb. 10, 2014
Head coach Ron Zook of the Illinois Fighting Illini looks at a referee during a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 19, 2011 in Champaign, Ill.
Head coach Ron Zook of the Illinois Fighting Illini looks at a referee during a game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Memorial Stadium on Nov. 19, 2011 in Champaign, Ill.
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Ron Zook just wanted to coach football again.

For past two years, the closest the 59-year-old coach came to doing so was breaking down film with former NFL coach and Monday Night Football analyst Jon Gruden before flying up to New York for his own TV gig with CBS.

The rest of his week consisted of moonlighting as a business development officer at a bank in Ocala, Fla. The work kept Zook busy, but did the former head coach at the universities of Florida and Illinois really want this to be his final stop? ...

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