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Ron Zook: Illini assistants won't boycott

Updated: December 30, 2011, 11:08 PM ET
By Gene Wojciechowski | ESPN.com

A threatened boycott by as many as four Illinois assistant coaches for Saturday's Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl will remain exactly that: a threat.

According to former Illinois coach Ron Zook, who spoke with several of the assistants Friday morning and later Friday night, there will be no boycott over a contract dispute with the school. Zook, who was dismissed in late November, said he was assured by his former assistants that the entire staff would participate in the bowl game against UCLA.

"They're ...

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