Originally posted on The Sports Bank  |  Last updated 7/17/13

Ron Zook got a $2.6 million dollar buyout from the University of Illinois. Ron Zook made a lot of money when he coached the Illini. He made even more money when he coached a much higher profile program in the Florida Gators. The Zooker has had many good paying coaching gigs in this life. He was once even defensive coordinator for the New Orleans Saints! Yet, here he is, working in a bank. Not a glamorous high powered Wall Street investment bank a short walk from the New York Stock Exchange. No, no, no. Ron Zook is a middle manager at a small little local bank in Ocala, Florida. Yes, he’s working in some town you’ve never heard of, in a boring, mundane local branch, just like the pedestrian bank in your town. Does this make any sense at all? Is the Zookster just one of those people that has to keep working all the time? You know the type of person that works just for the sake of working. I bet Ron Zook is great at recruiting clients to sign up for free checking! He’s just probably terrible at coaching them in how to save and earn interest! Look at the website for Gateway Bank in Ocala, Florida. Scroll down, way down to the right hand side. You’ll see him right there. Ron Zook Business Development Officer 352.236.6552 Email Ron I’m VERY CONCERNED about the idea of having Ron Zook do anything with my money. For a host of reasons. 1.) With all that money he made with the Gators, Illini, Saints etc. why isn’t he just living fat off the compounding interest of his investments? Sure, he has to put three daughters through college, but can’t he find some secure U.S. Treasuries, or safe yet high dividend securities to live off of? I can show Ron Zook some blue chip stocks or bond issues that conservative investors would like. 2.) I wouldn’t trust Ron Zook with numbers. He always had the weird thing about going for two, when he should have just kicked the extra point. And his bizarre decisions about when to kick a field goal or go for it on fourth down had inverted logic. It cost the Illini two games versus Ohio State and one versus Indiana. 3.) I’m not confident in the idea of Ron Zook doing asset management. Sure he can secure high valued assets, but he doesn’t optimize them. The Illini had a first and second round draft pick in the 2012 and 2011 NFL Draft. And additional picks in both those drafts. Those Illinois teams went 14-12! Ron Zook had a very poor record at Florida; especially SO BY Gators standards. Yet, 20/22 starters on Urban Meyer’s first national title team were recruited by Zook. h/t Charles Olson What makes this story so odd is that Ron Zook has a sweet, cushy television gig too. Granted not a lot of homes have CBS College Sports; and I’m sure it doesn’t pay that much due to its lack of reach. However, it’s gotta pay decent, right? Well, Zook is a shareholder in that Gateway bank, so he must be seeing some decent paper off that. So then why work there too? Paul M. Banks is the owner of The Sports Bank.net, an affiliate of Fox Sports. The correspondent/analyst for 95.7 The Fan, also writes on Chicago sports media for Chicago Now.  President Obama follows him on Twitter (@paulmbanks) The post Ron Zook seriously now works at a small local bank appeared first on The Sports Bank.Net.

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