GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Steve Spurrier has officially been back at his alma mater for about three weeks now, and he’s settled into his new role as ambassador/consultant pretty quickly.
The legendary Head Ball Coach has been to a number of Florida’s practices, has maintained a regular presence at his new office inside the football stadium and seems to be getting along well with the Gators’ current head coach.
Jim McElwain said he has a scheduled time that he meets with Spurrier and that he’s enjoying having the former South Carolina coach around the program.
“With coach, having him come and just take a look and having another set of eyes (is valuable),” McElwain said Friday. “… Having a guy with that experience — I’m not just talking about the offense — I’m talking about the overall practice format and things that go on, and just being able to bounce some of those things off of him and getting that feedback has been great and it’s fun to have him out there.”
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Spurrier hasn’t been to every practice, but he’s been to enough that McElwain noticed when he wasn’t there on Thursday night.
“He’s been to … I don’t know how many there have been. He wasn’t there last night. It may have been past his bedtime, I don’t know,” McElwain joked Friday.
Spurrier made it clear when he took the ambassador/consultant role that he wasn’t looking to meddle with the coaches and that McElwain was very involved in luring him back to Gainesville.
For that matter, McElwain said earlier this month that he welcomed Spurrier’s perspective as a valuable resource. It sounds like the coaches have indeed taken advantage of that already.
“Him sitting and observing the first scrimmage, taking a look at some of the video, (saying) these are some of the things he saw, those are some of the things that are really good as well,” McElwain said.
Ryan Young is a Florida beat writer for SEC Country and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.