The “Old Ball Coach” is legendary enough to come up in a Google search with just a general nickname. This isn’t by accident. Before Nick Saban came on the scene, Steve Spurrier had been, perhaps, the best thing going in the SEC. Like Saban shortly after him, Spurrier left the Gators for the NFL. Otherwise, it is very possible the former Gator Heisman winner may still be the coach in Gainesville.
His career at Florida alone qualifies him as a hall of fame coach. Spurrier is an offensive innovator, former Heisman Trophy winner and one of the most entertaining characters in college sports. Though he now only coaches in Gainesville every other year on the visiting sidelines, the Gators owe a lot to this man.
Stats at Florida:
12 seasons, 122-27-1 Overall, 87-12 SEC, 6-5 in bowls
SEC Championships—1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000
SEC East Championships—1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000
SEC Coach of the Year—1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996
Florida Sports Hall of Fame—1970
Florida-Georgia Hall of Fame
Florida Gators Ring of Honor
University of Florida Athletics Hall of Fame
College Football Hall of Fame—1986