Coach Steve Spurrier Returns to Florida Gators as Ambassador and Consultant

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The University of Florida will welcome back Steve Spurrier … the man who put Gators football on the map.

Spurrier, who won a Heisman as a player and then came back and coached Florida to glory — picking at, poking fun at and beating rivals Tennessee, the rest of the SEC and Florida State all the while — has been named Ambassador and Consultant for the Florida Gators Athletic Department, Jeremy Foley announced on Friday.

“It’s a great day for the Gator Nation to be able to welcome Coach Spurrier back home,” Foley said. “He has served as a tremendous ambassador to the University and the athletic department for 50-plus years and it’s only fitting that at this point in his career, he is back in Gainesville. Being a Gator has always meant so much to Coach Spurrier, but it means just as much to us have him come home.”

“My wife, Jerri, and I are extremely thrilled to be returning home to our alma mater, and to Gainesville where we met on campus over 50 years ago,” Spurrier said. “I’m very appreciative to Athletic Director Jeremy Foley, Head Coach Jim McElwain and Phil Pharr of Gator Boosters for their role in making this happen.

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SOURCE: USA Today