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Illinois, UCLA To Square Off At Fight Hunger Bowl

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Illini helmet logo. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — UCLA and Illinois will bring interim coaches into their matchup at the Fight Hunger Bowl.

The Bruins (6-7) and Illini (6-6) accepted their bids Sunday to the Dec. 31 game in San Francisco.

UCLA fell below .500 Friday night when it lost 49-31 in the Pac-12 title game to Oregon in coach Rick Neuheisel’s final game. The NCAA approved a waiver for the Bruins because they were bowl-eligible before the conference championship game. Offensive coordinator Mike Johnson will coach the Bruins in the bowl game.

Illinois opened the season 6-0 before losing its final six games of the season. That led to coach Ron Zook being fired and replaced by defensive coordinator Vic Koenning, who is the interim coach.

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