CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP)–Illinois has extended the application period for candidates for its head football coaching position until late Thursday night.

The application period for potential replacements for Ron Zook had ended Tuesday evening.

Sports information director Kent Brown says the extension is routine and isn’t unusual in short search periods.

Zook was fired Nov. 27 after the Illini (6-6) finished the regular season with a six-game losing streak.

Illinois will play UCLA in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl Dec. 31 in San Francisco. Defensive coordinator Vic Koenning is serving as interim head coach.

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