Steve Spurrier remains the biggest legend in University of Florida football history.
Despite coaching the final 10.5 years of his career at South Carolina, many will remember Spurrier as a Gator first and foremost. The Head Ball Coach won a national title at Florida as a coach and a Heisman Trophy as a quarterback. His Fun ‘n’ Gun offense terrorized the SEC in the 1990s as the Gators at one point claimed SEC titles in five of six years.
This week, less than one year after Spurrier resigned in the middle of a Gamecocks season — presumably to retire — Florida renamed the field at The Swamp. It’s now called “Steve Spurrier – Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.”
Yeah, you’re right. “The Swamp” is easier to say. Still, it’s quite an honor for the man who went 122–27–1 as the team’s head coach. Spurrier expressed his appreciation via Twitter on Sunday:
— Coach Steve Spurrier (@SC_HBC) June 12, 2016
With SEC Media Days coming up in July — the first that will not feature Spurrier since 2004 — we’ll miss his quick wit and dry sense of humor.
Hopefully Spurrier continues to inject his thoughts into the SEC conversation.