Spurrier will coach the Orlando squad in the new Alliance of American Football, coming out of retirement after successful stints at the helm of Florida and SC. Spurrier becomes the first known coach for the first known team in the AAF and the move brings him back to the state where he became a legend.
Steve Spurrier, who was the University of Florida's first Heisman Trophy victor and later coached the Gators to six Southeastern Conference titles and the program's first national title, is returning to football.
In 1990, Spurrier returned to Florida as the head coach from 1990-2001, where he led the Gators to six SEC championships and one national championship title in 1997.
Steve Spurrier never ruled out returning to coaching. He won the Heisman at Florida in 1966. He says will continue in that role at UF, but will take a leave of absence to fulfill his coaching duties in the Alliance.
Spurrier, who turns 73 later this month, has been out of coaching since 2015, when he resigned midway through his 11 season at SC. Spurrier is the first coach.
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The league will begin play in February of2019 and the Orlando team will play home games at University of Central Florida's Spectrum Stadium.
It was just a few weeks back when the world was introduced to the AAF and it's starting with a strong core. Former NFL stars Troy Polamalu, Hines Ward and Jared Allen will serve as player relations executives, while Justin Tuck joins the Player Engagement Board of Advisors. Rosters will have 50 players each and will be built primarily through a regionally-based draft that will be held this fall.
"We brought in the best players and the best coaches to be at the top of the organization".
The league, made up of players who didn't make the cut for the NFL, will have the initial game and the championship game on CBS and one matchup per week on CBS Sports Network. Either way, clearly the players are going to get quality coaching and more coaching and franchise location announcements should be coming very soon.