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Illinois' Zook makes sympathy call to Bowden

Illinois coach Ron Zook has some idea of what Tommy Bowden's going through this week.

Zook, who says he has known Bowden for years, said he called Bowden after he was pushed out by Clemson on Monday. Florida fired Zook in 2005 midway through the season.

"I didn't think about it that way at the time, but it's the best thing that ever happened to me," said Zook, now in his third year with the Illini. "And it'll be the best thing that will ever happen to him. Everything happens for a reason."