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Sunday, November 27, 2011
Illinois AD Thomas discusses coach search

By Adam Rittenberg

Illinois first-year athletic director Mike Thomas met with the media moments ago to discuss the school's dismissal of football coach Ron Zook earlier Sunday and the upcoming head-coaching search.

Some notes and observations:
We'll be following the search throughout, and it will be interesting to see where Thomas turns. A few names to keep in mind: Chryst, Iowa State coach Paul Rhoads, Houston coach Kevin Sumlin and maybe, just maybe, pretty please, Mike Leach.