An 0-6 freefall capped by a season-ending loss to the Minnesota Gophers was too much for Illinois coach Ron Zook to handle. He was fired Sunday after starting the season 6-0.
Preview: Gophers vs. Illinois
Minnesota (15-6, 3-5) is looking for redemption when they host Illinois Saturday night. The Gophers' lost to the Illini after double-overtime a month ago. Tubby Smith told the Star Tribune that the team is desperate for wins after starting the Big Ten conference 0-4. Minnesota went on to win three in a row, but Michigan State outmuscled the Gophers ending that streak Wednesday.