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Strong will be interim coach for bowl

Updated: December 7, 2004, 5:27 PM ET
Associated Press

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Illinois is turning to Ron Zook to reinvigorate its struggling football program.

The school scheduled an afternoon news conference to introduce the former Florida coach, said Kent Brown, the university's sports information director.

Zook and athletic director Ron Guenther talked last Tuesday, but Illinois could not name a new coach until a two-week waiting period to meet equal employment opportunity guidelines passed. The deadline was 5 p.m. Monday.

Zook ...

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