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Newz Forum: FOOTBALL: COLLEGE: Turner fired after eight seasons at Illinois

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posted on Nov, 22 2004 @ 06:23 PM
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Ron Turner was fired by Illinois on Monday after eight seasons as its football coach, including the team's first Big Ten title in a decade.

Illinois went 3-8 this season, its third straight with a losing record, and has just one conference victory the past two years.

Turner had two seasons left on his contract, which pays him $1.1 million per year in salary and deferred compensation.

"I realize it's a bottom-line business and the last couple of years we didn't win enough football games," Turner said at a news conference. "I can leave this university knowing that I ran a program with great integrity."

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