Steve Spurrier to coach new Orlando professional football team

  • Steve Spurrier to coach new Orlando professional football team

Steve Spurrier to coach new Orlando professional football team

Prior to his coaching days, Spurrier was a star quarterback for the Gators.

Spurrier, who is a former Heisman victor and National Champion as a coach, last coached for the Gamecocks.

In his days on the field as a player, Spurrier was a two-time All-American quarterback and the University of Florida's first Heisman Trophy victor in 1966.

The league will make its debut on February 9 next year, one week after the Super Bowl. The league was co-founded by Charlie Ebersol, the son of NBC Sports president Dick Ebersol, and involves former NFL general manager Bill Polian, former Pittsburgh Steelers players Troy Polamalu and Hines Ward, among others. With the Bandits, he got his first taste of head coaching in the upstart United States Football League (USFL), and he made "BanditBall" a favored alternative to the still-woeful Buccaneers, reeling in the USFL's top attendance and going 35-21 before the league dissolved after its third season amid certain owners' efforts to compete directly with the NFL. Spurrier spent eight seasons with the San Francisco 49ers, having regular play disrupted by injuries.

He stepped down as the head coach of SC in 2015 and has been serving as a consultant and ambassador at UF in the interim.

The Head Ball Coach expounded on The Paul Finebaum Show earlier this week on the SEC Network, where he said UF's offensive woes over the last few years had given him the urge to return. He coached for two years in the National Football League, leading the Washington Redskins in 2002 and 2003 before returning to college ball.

Orlando is the first planned team site, and Spurrier is the first coach. At his farewell news conference as head coach of the Gamecocks, he stressed that he was "resigning" and not "retiring". A couple of years later he returned to college coaching with SC.

SC football coach Steve Spurrier makes comments before speaking at a function for the Florida Citrus Sports organization in Orlando, Fla., Wednesday, June 13, 2007. In 2016, Florida changed the name of their home field to the Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium, unofficially known as "The Swamp" - a nickname he's credited as creating.