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Brown, Guandolo and Zook on radio

The Maroone High School Gridiron Report returns to Wednesday night this week with a huge show from 8-9 with another impressive guest list.

Larry Blustein will welcome in University of Miami linebacker commit Keith Brown from Norland, Cypress Bay head coach Mark Guandolo, and will continue to showcase colleges across the country with a visit to the University of Illinois and head coach Ron Zook.

The show can be heard on WQAM (560 AM) or archived on the impressive, new website South Florida High School Sports (www.sfhighschoolsports.com).

One of the most impressive athletes in the nation, Brown, who committed to the University of Miami during his junior year - along with teammate Duke Johnson - has been impressive this off season.

Whether it's picking off balls or making key plays as a member of the South Florida Express - or as an MVP of the Nike Camp last weekend at the University of Miami, the 6-1, 220-pounder has lived up to all the hype that started as a sophomore at Miami Southridge and has continued with the Vikings.

Name a school he has coached at over the past 30 years in South Florida, and it's a good bet that Guandolo has set standards.

From Hallandale to Chaminade-Madonna, Monsignor Pace, Miramar, Southridge and at his current position, Guandolo has won, turned out athletes and developed impressive student/athletes.

One of those most impressive teachers, there are very few head coaches who have been able to maintain and elevate teams and players the way Guandolo has during his impressive career.

With a young team that was supposed to be a year away from making a run at the state title, his Lightning stood toe-to-toe with nationally rated Miami Central before losing one of the toughest games last year.

This season, his team is loaded with talent on both sides of the ball, looking to bring yet another team (Southridge and Chaminade) to state!

Jon Beason was one of many players who learned from Guandolo in high school.

Ask any athlete who has played for him throughout his career and all will tell you what a positive influence Zook made on their lives.

Whether at the University of Florida or Illinois, Zook has made impressive strides by coaching athletes and getting them to the next level as well as any coach in the country.

Named the 2007 National and Big Ten Coach of the Year, Zook begins his seventh season at the helm of the Illinois football program. Known as a tireless worker and recruiter, Zook led Illinois to the biggest turnaround in college football in 2007 and looks to reestablish the Illini among the elite in the nation.

In Zook's six years at the helm, the Illini offense has led the conference in rushing twice (2006, 2007) and passing in 2008. Additionally, the rushing offense has finished in the NCAA top-20 three times during his tenure. Zook also has produced two first-round NFL draft picks in the past two seasons -- RB Rashard Mendenhall in 2008 and current Miami Dolphins DB Vontae Davis in 2009.

In 2009, Illinois quarterback Juice Williams set numerous milestone records, including career total offense where he surpassed the 10,000-yard mark, becoming only the sixth player in Big Ten history to do so. The Illini finished second in the league in rushing and 17th in the nation.