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Zook, Illini expected to ink top-15 recruiting class

Signing day's Pied Piper has blue-chip recruits flocking to Illinois like never before, but Ron Zook is determined to prove that he can do more than just recruit.

Updated: February 5, 2007, 4:33 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The rap on Illinois football coach Ron Zook is that he could sell you a used car, but might not be able to teach you to drive it. Zook could sell you swamp land in Arizona, but couldn't find the state on a map.

Ever since Zook replaced Steve Spurrier as Florida's coach before the 2002 season, he has been regarded as a masterful recruiter but a lousy coach. His Gators teams lost five games in three straight seasons, and he was fired before his last squad finished 7-5 ...

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