Steve Spurrier Returns To The Swamp

July 29, 2016

University of Florida Director of Athletics Jeremy Foley announced Friday that Steve Spurrier is coming back to The Swamp as Ambassador and Consultant for the Florida Gators Athletic Department. "It's a great day for the Gator Nation to be able to welcome Coach Spurrier back home," Foley said in a press statement. "He has served as a tremendous ambassador to the University and the athletic department for 50-plus years and it's only fitting that at this point in his career, he is back in Gainesville. Being a Gator has always meant so much to Coach Spurrier, but it means just as much to us have him come home." More details to come soon as to the extent of this new position with the University of Florida.   The 'Ol Ball Coach first arrived in Gainesville as quarterback from 1963 to 1966, winning the Heisman Trophy in 1966. He returned to Gainesville as Head Coach in 1990, leading the Florida Gators to its first of 6 SEC Titles in 1991, claiming SEC Coach of the Year honors five times and taking the Gators all the way to its first national championship title in 1996. Spurrier retired from coaching during the 2015 season in his 11th season at South Carolina.

In early June, Florida Field was renamed Steve-Spurrier-Florida Field in his honor, with the unveiling of his namesake set for the season opener against Massachusetts on September 3rd at 7:30 p.m.

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