When Steve Spurrier arrived at Florida in 1990, the Gators had beaten Georgia three times in the previous 15 years.
He changed that quickly, as the Gators only lost one game to the Bulldogs while he was in Gainesville. He looked back on his time there and the Florida-Georgia game during the Paul Finebaum Show on Wednesday:
The big game for the Gators was always the Georgia game. We didn’t even play Tennessee back then until division play started in 1992. Every game was a big one and fortunately I was blessed to come down here and inherit a loaded team and I mean a loaded team. We went over there to Jacksonville and we were first or second in the conference in offense and defense so we beat them pretty good and got off to a good start and fortunately it stayed that way except for one year.
Finebaum also asked Spurrier for his thoughts on the rescheduled LSU-Florida game. He had this idea:
The ideal thing, Paul, that I thought would be very simple would be Florida and Georgia would actually play last week because both teams were off. This week LSU is off and LSU could come here and play the Gators this week, but for some reason that idea was unacceptable
Though his idea wasn’t adopted, he’s still one of the most successful coaches in college football history. He only lost to Georgia once in 1997, but Spurrier had just won the National Championship with the Gators in 1996. He also won six SEC titles with Florida, where he is now an ambassador and consultant for the athletic program. He went 122-27-1 while coaching at the same place where he played quarterback.