Foley: Zook won't coach bowl

Gainesville Fl. 112204: University of Florida outgoing head coach Ron Zook waves to supporters on his way out from Ben Hill Griffin Stadium Monday November 22, 2004 where several fans and media members gathered based on a rumor that players, upset with Zook's mid-season firing, would march to the office of UF president Bernie Machen to demand Zook be rehired. The rumor proved to be a hoax. Photo by Rob C. Witzel / The Gainesville Sun

Rob C. Witzel / The Gainesville Sun
Published: Tuesday, December 7, 2004 at 9:21 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, December 7, 2004 at 9:21 a.m.

Ron Zook couldn't make a decision about whether to coach Florida in the bowl game. Jeremy Foley made it for him.

Foley, the Florida athletic director, said Tuesday morning that he called Zook to tell the Florida coach he has coached his last game for the Gators. Zook, who accepted an offer to become head coach at Illinois Monday, told Foley Monday night he had still not decided on the bowl game.

"I thought about it last night and made this decision for all the right reasons," Foley said from Salt Lake City where he was preparing to leave with new coach Urban Meyer for a press conference today in Gainesville.

After today's press conference, Charlie Strong will be named interim coach for the Peach Bowl, making him Florida's first African-American head football coach - if only for a game.

The Sun on Monday reported that Strong would coach the game if Zook stepped down.

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