Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 11/27/11

You look at the pic above and think “what does a celebration from the Illinois Fighting Illini 2004-05 college basketball season have to do with this?” The long overdue firing of the school’s college football coach Ron Zook.

Well, when I searched for google images of “Illini celebration,” it was all hoops images. (which says something about why the Zooker is being jettisoned. And, I needed an orange and blue celebration pic for a news like this. The announcement is being delayed due to today’s basketball game with Chicago State.

Bob Asmussen, Champaign News-Gazette, via Illini HQ:

Illinois fired football coach Ron Zook this morning, a source close to the program told The News-Gazette. The official announcement will come out later today.

I’m guessing Defensive Coordinator Vic Koenning takes over in the interim, and his press conferences will be fun! Since he is a great interview! More on the coordinators here, and more on why they kicked Zook to the curb here.

I think the song/video below encompasses what a lot of Illini Nation is thinking/feeling today

“can u feel a brand new day…everybody be glad cuz the sun is shining just for us…and thank you world, we always knew we’d be free somehow.”

Brand New Day from Nic Ruley on Vimeo.

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