Spurrier named first coach of new Alliance league

Spurrier named first coach of new Alliance league

Spurrier named first coach of new Alliance league

Spurrier, who guided the University of Florida to a national championship and had a successful run at SC sandwiched around a two-year stint in the NFL, will coach a team based in Orlando, Fla. "The Alliance offers a unique opportunity to get back into coaching, this time for a spring season, and work closely with hungry, talented athletes looking to begin, revive or extend their professional careers".

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.

Steve Spurrier is returning to the sideline as a head coach - but not at the college level.

As a player, Spurrier was the starting quarterback at the University of Florida in 1965 and 1966, where he won the Heisman Trophy and the Walter Camp Memorial Trophy as a senior. Three of his first five years in the National Football League saw him throw fewer than five passes, and he left San Fran by way of trade having compiled 33 touchdown passes to 48 interceptions. He served as a consultant and ambassador at the University of Florida, a role he'll continue until the Alliance's season begins on February 9.

Now earlier this week Spurrier appeared on The Paul Finebaum Show and said that Florida's offense has him inspired to the point where he'd like to give coaching another go.

But the Ol' Ball Coach isn't stepping into the professional ring for the first time with his arrival in the AAF.

Spurrier has experience in such a venture, serving as head coach of the Tampa Bay Bandits of the United States Football League from 1983-85 before landing his first college head coaching job at Duke.

The trio chatted about the new league, which will feature eight teams in a 10-game season.

To help him steer the league, Ebersol has brought on former NFL general manager Bill Polian, now an analyst for ESPN. Some well-known ex-NFL players are already part of the AAF leadership, including Troy Polamalu, Hines Ward, Jared Allen and Justin Tuck.

The league's inaugural season is set for April 2019.

Oh right, and he also has some pro coaching experience, having visited the Washington D.C. franchise for a couple years there.

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