Steve Spurrier is back. The Head Ball Coach on Saturday was named the first head coach of the Orlando team in the new Alliance of American Football.
Spurrier, 72, the Heisman Trophy winner who led the Florida Gators to their first national championship in 1996, has been out of coaching since resigning as the South Carolina Gamecocks coach in October 2015. He was 86-49 in 11 seasons at South Carolina. Spurrier was 228-89-2 in 26 seasons as a college head coach (South Carolina, Florida, Duke).
"The Alliance offers a unique opportunity to get back into coaching, this time for a spring season, and work closely with hungry, talented athletes looking to begin, revive or extend their professional careers," Spurrier said per AAF.com.
"The fact I can do this in Orlando makes it that much sweeter. I’m fired up and ready to go.”
The AAF is scheduled to begin in 2019, after the NFL's Super Bowl.
This will not be Spurrier's first foray into professional coaching. Spurrier coached the Redskins in 2002 and 2003 and the Tampa Bay Bandits of the USFL for three seasons in the 1980s (1983-1985). He was 12-20 with the Redskins.