Ron Zook is reportedly stepping down. Zook had been on Mike Locksley’s Maryland staff the past 3 seasons.

The Zook news comes from ESPN’s Adam Rittenberg, who goes on to report that the Maryland special teams coordinator vacancy will likely be filled by James Thomas Jr. A special teams analyst last season under Zook, Thomas had recently joined Billy Napier’s new staff at Florida.

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Zook, 67, joined Locksley’s staff as a senior analyst in 2019. A year ago, he was promoted to the roles of Associate Head Coach/Special Teams Coordinator/Outside Linebackers. When Zook was a head coach at Florida and Illinois, Locksley served as running backs coach (Florida, 2003-04) and offensive coordinator (Illinois, 2005-08).


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Zook got his start in coaching in 1978 as a defensive backs coach at Murray State. From 1988-to-1990, he was defensive backs coach at Ohio State. As a head coach, Zook is 57-65 all time, including 34-51 at Illinois (2005-11).

College football fans everywhere will be interested to know why Zook is stepping down.