Illinois fires Zook after 0-6 collapse

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- A University of Illinois official tells The Associated Press that coach Ron Zook has been fired after seven seasons.

The official spoke on the condition of anonymity Sunday because an official announcement was set for later in the day.

Ilinois opened this season 6-0 then finished it with six straight losses, including a 27-7 defeat at Minnesota on Saturday.

Zook is 34-51 at Illinois. He took the 2007 team to the Rose Bowl and lost to USC. Last season's squad beat Baylor in the Texas Bowl.

The Illini could still go to a bowl game. It would be their first back-to-back bowl appearances since 1991 and '92.