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Turner was 35-37 at Illinois

Updated: November 22, 2004, 5:21 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Ron Turner was fired by Illinois on Monday after three straight losing seasons, a sharp turnaround from early success that included the team's first Big Ten football title in a decade.

Illinois went 3-8 this season and has just one conference victory the past two years. Half of the Illini's four wins overall the past two seasons were against Division I-AA opponents.

Turner had two seasons left on his contract, which pays him $1.1 million per year in salary ...

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