Of course, the rumors are swirling. That's what happens when you go 3-9 in what was supposed to be a bowl season.
Does Ron Zook need to win in 2010? Absolutely.
Will he be given a chance to win in 2010? I believe so.
I spent today on the phone, chasing the rumors. That's what you are supposed to do. Taking it all in, I'd be surprised if Ron Guenther fires Zook.
The program has issues. There are players leaving early and recruits thinking about changing their minds. That's never good.
But cutting a coach loose two weeks before Christmas, with signing day closing fast, does not make a lot of sense. It has happened before and will happen again. But probably not here. And probably not this time.
We'll find out more about the future of Illinois football soon. Maybe in the next day or two.