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Football flashback: Bad weather has postponed Florida-LSU before

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This isn’t the first time it stormed on the Florida–LSU football game. When the teams get together Saturday for a makeup game, it should rekindle some memories for former Gators’ head coach Steve Spurrier. After all, Spurrier has been through it before. It was 1964, and Spurrier was a sophomore when Hurricane Hilda went through Baton Rouge. That year, there was no change of venue; the teams simply played the game on Dec. 5. LSU was ranked No. 7 in…

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Football flashback: Blocked kick saves Gators’ title season

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The legend was on the wrong sideline. It was 2006, and Steve Spurrier was leading the South Carolina Gamecocks into The Swamp. Spurrier, who had won the Heisman Trophy with the Gators. Spurrier, who had won a national championship. Spurrier, the architect of the Fun ‘n Gun offense. The year before, when he coached against his alma mater for the first time, Spurrier’s team won 30-22. But surely, it would be different when Spurrier led his team into Gainesville. Right?…

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Florida names former coach Steve Spurrier as ambassador

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The Old Ballcoach is back at his Old Ballfield. The University of Florida has announced that Steve Spurrier, who won the school’s first Heisman and its first national title, will return to Florida as an ambassador and consultant. Spurrier won the Heisman for the Gators in 1966 and the national title in 1966. “It’s a great day for the Gator Nation to be able to welcome back Coach Spurrier back home,” said athletic director Jeremy Foley. “He has served as…

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Quarterback week: Tim Tebow was an iconic player with the Gators

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The three statues greet you all at once: The brain, the legs, the arm. At the University of Florida, of course, they want more. More Heismans. More championships. More winning. And if it is another quarterback who delivers it, well, that’s cool, too. At Florida, they love quarterbacks. That’s why the statues of Steve Spurrier, Tim Tebow and Danny Wuerffel are outside the stadium. Is that too much to ask of Luke Del Rio, who seems to be winning the…

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Florida to name football field after former coach Steve Spurrier

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It was always his yard, really. From the time he was a player  at the University of Florida, winning the school’s first Heisman Trophy, until he was slinging his visor while coaching on the sidelines. Now, it bears his name. Are you ready for Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium? Yeah, it’s a mouthful. But so, too, was Spurrier’s impact. Already, he is in the Ring of Honor and has a statue outside of the stadium. If the…

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Florida players jam the College Football Hall of Fame ballot

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Yes, it is too unwieidy. Yes, there are too many players, and too many coaches, up for consideration every year. Still, the College Football Hall of Fame should be popular next Jan. 6 when it announces its new class in Tampa. The College Hall, 977 members strong, has announced its ballot for next year. It includes 75 players from the major conferences (and 95 from the divisional ranks). It also will consider six coaches (and 29 from the divisional ranks).…

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Football flashback: Jarvis Moss blocks a kick to lead Gators’ victory

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Great defenses win championships. The 2006 Florida Gators had one of those. Great quarterbacks win championships, too. The 2006 Gators had two of those. Also, championships are won by great … kick blockers? You don’t have to convince the University of Florida of it. All they have to do is think back over their series against South Carolina, a series that became infinitely more interesting once former Gators’ coach Steve Spurrier took over the Gamecocks. For instance, there was the…

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