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Illinois coach Ron Zook plays father of the bride twice during summer

FILE - In this Nov. 20 2010 file phoIllinois head coach RZook looks around as his team warms up before

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2010 file photo, Illinois head coach Ron Zook looks around as his team warms up before an NCAA college football game against Northwestern at Wrigley Field in Chicago. Illinois is preparing for its season opener Saturday at home against Arkansa State. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

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Updated: November 9, 2011 12:47PM



After playing father of the bride twice during the summer, Illinois football coach Ron Zook welcomed an opportunity to talk nuptials.

Herb Gould: So Jacquelyn , 28, and Casey , 24, both tied the knot this summer.

Ron Zook: I’m so happy for my daughters. They were great weddings. My wife [ Denise ] did a fabulous job. It was hectic, a little tough on my wife for a few months, but they turned out really well.

HG: How’d that go for you?

RZ: I learned about utter chaos. I learned how to take orders. I shouldn’t say this — don’t take this the wrong way — but I understand why women don’t play football. Because they’re all over the place. But it was a great experience.

HG: How were the weddings?

RZ: Casey’s was big, around 400 people, here in Champaign, a big, formal sit-down dinner. Jackie’s was more casual, about 180 to 200 people. It turned out to be bigger than we wanted.

HG: One newlywed, Jackie, is an actress who just played a carjacker on ‘‘The Young and the Restless.’’

RZ: I’m happy for her. I didn’t realize how many people knew about ‘‘The Young and the Restless.’’ And her husband has a production company. They’re doing well.

HG: How’s Casey?

RZ: She’s living in Schaumburg. Her husband’s an engineer, and she’s applying for teaching jobs.



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