Next year, Steve Spurrier will return to the sidelines when he coaches the Orlando team in a newly formed league, the Alliance of American Football.
However, this job won’t require as much work as coaching in the NFL or the college ranks. And that’s exactly one of the reasons why Spurrier, who hadn’t coached since 2015, couldn’t turn down the offer.
“Coaching is in all of our blood systems, our DNA, and we thoroughly enjoy it. And we enjoy the format for this league, I think,” Spurrier said during an appearance on ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM on Wednesday. “It’s a four-to-five month deal; it’s not year-round, so we can still do other things in our life that we do when our coaching days are over, and yet, we get to keep doing the coaching.”
Spurrier coached at South Carolina from 2005-15. He currently serves as an ambassador and consultant to Florida, where he coached from 1990-2001 and played from 1963-66.
In addition to explaining his reasoning for taking the AAF job, Spurrier also revealed that he has talked to several potential assistant coaches for his new team, which will begin play in February 2019. He said he has spoken with many of his former assistants from 20-25 years ago.
Spurrier was the first coach to sign with Alliance of American Football, which has since hired Brad Childress (Atlanta), Mike Singletary (Memphis), Rick Neuheisel (Phoenix), Dennis Erickson (Salt Lake City) and Mike Martz (San Diego) to coach teams.
For more of the interview with Spurrier, listen below:
— ESPNU Radio on SiriusXM (@ESPNUonSiriusXM) May 30, 2018