|Steve Spurrier in all his glory at Florida. Image via tampabay.com.|
Steve Spurrier is back where he belongs. The Head Ball Coach has resigned his position as an ambassador for South Carolina to take on similar role at Florida, has alma mater and site of his most famous moments as both a player and football coach.
Spurrier's new title is "Ambassador and Consultant for the Florida Gators Athletic Department."
In a statement released by the school, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said "It's a great day for the Gator Nation to be able to welcome Coach Spurrier back home."
Spurrier had a considerable amount to say in the statement, including giving thanks to South Carolina, where he served as head coach from 2005-2015.
"My wife, Jerri, and I are extremely thrilled to be returning home to our alma mater, and to Gainesville where we met on campus over 50 years ago," Spurrier said. "I'm very appreciative to Athletic Director Jeremy Foley, Head Coach Jim McElwain and Phil Pharr of Gator Boosters for their role in making this happen.
"I also want to say thanks to the University of South Carolina for allowing me to be their coach from 2005 to 2015. Also a special thanks to all of the Gamecock players, coaches and fans that allowed our teams to set so many school records. I will now pull for South Carolina to win every game but one, just as I did when I pulled for Florida to win every game but one as the Gamecock coach. I will try my best to promote and assist in any way I can to help the Gators to continue to be one of the very best athletic programs in America. I admire what Coach McElwain and his staff accomplished last year. I'm anxious to watch the Gator football team as they strive to be the best in the SEC and the nation in the years ahead."
As a starting quarterback for Florida, Spurrier won the Heisman Trophy in 1966. As a head coach, Spurrier spearheaded a renaissance in college football at Florida, which included winning the national title for 1996.
(via USA Today)