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Zook name emerges in ECU coaching swirl

By Denny O'Brien

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Terry Holland isn't discussing the search for East Carolina's next football coach, but that doesn't mean the Pirates athletic director isn't working the phones.

According to a source close to Ron Zook, the outgoing Florida Gators coach has been contacted about the ECU opening — and has indicated an interest in the job.

Zook thinks the East Carolina opening is very attractive and likes the school's deeply rooted football culture, the source said.

Zook was out of the office Wednesday and unavailable for comment.

Zook was fired earlier this season following the Gators' disappointing loss at Mississippi State but agreed to finish out the season. Florida is 7-4 on the year, including a win over rival Florida State last week.

The Gators are 23-14 overall under his direction, 16-8 in the Southeastern Conference. Florida tied for first in the SEC East in 2003, a year in which it defeated eventual national champion LSU.

Florida also boasts a 2-1 record over rival Georgia under Zook's direction.

"In the final analysis, it was apparent to me that something's not working here," Florida AD Jeremy Foley told reporters about the decision to fire Zook. "I know that's kind of nebulous, but it's the truth. It's hard to put a finger on it exactly, but it certainly just didn't appear to be working as we all envisioned."

Considered one of the nation's best recruiters, Zook has landed ten Parade All-Americans during his brief stay In Gainesville. Among them is starting quarterback Chris Leak, a Charlotte native.

Holland recently met with former Pirates players George Koonce and Carlester Crumpler, as well as senior associate AD Nick Floyd to discuss the potential criteria for the next coach. Among the desired parameters is success as a Division I head coach and the ability to assemble a proven staff.

"Our first option will be to seek a coach with a successful record at the Division I level," Holland said in a statement last week. "It is apparent that this is a small pool of people and 99 percent of them are under long term contracts at their current institution. Therefore, the pool of candidates will include coordinators at highly successful Division I A programs and highly successful head coaches from other Divisional levels."

Among other names swirling around in connection with the ECU opening, former Georgia and Marshall coach Jim Donnan apparently will not be a candidate. According to a colleague of Donnan, he is not interested in a return to the sidelines.

Holland plans to meet with the media next Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. to address questions regarding the football search. In a statement released Wednesday, Holland said that he is in the initial stages of the search and that no candidates have visited campus.

02/23/07 11:30 AM

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