Steve Spurrier will coach new Orlando pro football team

Steve Spurrier will coach new Orlando pro football team

Steve Spurrier will coach new Orlando pro football team

The former college and NFL coach announced on Saturday he's joining the Alliance of American Football, an eight-team league founded by Charlie Ebersol that is slated to begin play shortly after the 2019 Super Bowl.

Spurrier was nothing but a hotshot coming out of Florida, where he earned a spot in the Gators Hall of Fame as an All-American and 1966 Heisman Trophy victor, and that made him an easy choice for the San Francisco 49ers in the first round of the 1967 draft.

Nine years on and off the bench with the 49ers may have been even better than getting his long-awaited shot at full-time starting duties in Tampa Bay, however. 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.

The Alliance of American Football, run by Charlie Ebersol, plans to debut February 9, 2019, the week after Super Bowl LIII. 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's a fine line between who makes a team and who doesn't in the NFL", Spurrier said.

It sounds like The Head Ball Coach is ready to get back in the game. He then returned to Duke as a head coach and offensive coordinator, where he was named the ACC Coach of the year in 1988 and 1989. Spurrier is the first coach.

Coach Steve Spurrier of Florida celebrates with his team after defeating Alabama in the SEC Championship at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia, on December 7, 1996. He resigned in December 2003 with three years and $15 million remaining on his contract.

Spurrier, 72, last coached with SC from 2005-15.

Steve Spurrier is returning to football.

Spurrier has served as an ambassador at Florida since he left the Gamecocks and plans to continue in that role.

Ebersol said in a statement that Spurrier's connection to Florida, where he won a Heisman Trophy as a player and a national championship as a coach with the Gators, was a key factor in hiring him as Orlando's coach. He now serves as a consultant at the University of Florida.

Spurrier is a college Hall of Famer and seven-time conference Coach of the Year award victor.

Spurrier's team will play its home games at the University of Central Florida's Spectrum Stadium, which sits roughly 13 miles outside of Orlando.

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