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Thursday, July 23, 2009
Zook receives contract extension

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CHICAGO -- Illinois football coach Ron Zook received a one-year contract extension.

University trustees on Thursday approved the agreement, which will keep the fifth-year coach under contract with Illinois through January 2014.

The agreement does not include a raise. Zook makes a little more than $1.5 million a year.

Zook's last raise was in January 2008. That followed the Illini's surprise trip to the Rose Bowl and a 9-3 season.

But the team went 5-6 last season and didn't play in a bowl game.

"I am very excited that the Board and Chancellor [Richard] Herman have faith in me and my staff to extend this contract," Zook said in a statement. "This obviously shows a great commitment to the football program and its direction by the Chancellor and [athletic director Ron] Guenther. My family and I have enjoyed our first four years in Champaign and have appreciated all the support of the Illini Nation."

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.