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Zook, Carroll looking a lot alike these days

Updated: December 31, 2007, 12:46 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

LOS ANGELES -- One of the two men who will lead their teams into the Rose Bowl on New Year's Day (ABC, 4:30 p.m. ET) was fired by his previous employer. He was given a pink slip even after compiling a winning record and leading his team into the postseason during his tenure. The coach was criticized for being too chummy with his players and not tough enough.

Surprisingly, that man was Illinois' Ron Zook and Southern California's Pete Carroll.

Zook was named Steve Spurrier's ...

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