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Former coach Ron Zook says Muschamp will be fine at Florida



If anyone knows exactly what Will Muschamp is stepping into right now, it's Illinois coach Ron Zook.

Zook was hired to be the head coach at Florida in 2002 after former coach Steve Spurrier resigned.

He had no head coaching experience when he took over and his hiring came after UF athletic director Jeremy Foley was turned down Mike Shanahan and Bob Stoops, which Foley now admits "put Zook behind the eight ball immediately because he was perceived as the third choice.'' 

Zook does not know Muschamp personally, but he said this week he believes the first-year head coach will be able to succeed at Florida. 

"I think he'll be fine,'' Zook told the Times' Greg Auman. "He's been around big-time programs. I'll tell him the same thing they told me: He's got to do it his way and the way he feels comfortable. He'll be fine. He'll do a great job. He'll have a lot of fun and continued success. He'll do well, I can assure you."

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