Steve Spurrier to return to coaching in new spring football league

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That opportunity is the new professional league The Alliance of American Football which announced Saturday morning that Spurrier will be the head coach of the Orlando team. He won the Heisman at Florida in 1966. The league is set to launch in February, 2019. Other cities involved with the eight-team league, which will play a 10-week season and already has a television contract with CBS, will be unveiled in the coming days. Despite being the starter for the season, he was cut in 1977 and retired from his playing career before the beginning of the season.

It sounds like The Head Ball Coach is ready to get back in the game.

Spurrier, who is a former Heisman victor and National Champion as a coach, last coached for the Gamecocks. This will be his third time coaching professional football. It will prevent an opportunity for those who are looking to get noticed or those who are hoping for one final shot in the NFL.


Spurrier will coach the franchise in Orlando, which will allow him to maintain his position at Florida. He was 35-19 in three years as head coach of the Tampa Bay Bandits in the USFL from 1983-1985 and then went 12-20 as head coach of the NFL's Washington Redskins in 2002 and 2003.

Spurrier last coached for the South Carolina Gamecocks and resigned from the college team in 2015 after a successful 10 year run.

Steve Spurrier just can't quit football. In all, the 1966 Heisman Trophy Winner spent 26 years as a college head coach, winning 228 games, seven conference titles and the 1996 national championship between stops at Duke, Florida and SC. He will take some time away from his duties while he coaches but will remain on our staff and continue to serve as an ambassador for the Gators after the season, " Florida AD Scott Stricklin said in a statement. A seven-time SEC Coach of the Year victor, he was accepted into the College Football Hall of Fame, becoming one of four members to be inducted as both a coach and a player. The new team, which has yet to be named, will play at University of Florida's Spectrum Stadium.

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