Steve Spurrier

Florida Gators

Head Coach

The Spurrier Facts and Record Book

Steve Spurrier Legacy

When Steve Spurrier was named head football coach at the University of Florida on Dec. 31, 1989, none of us ever expected what would happen over the next 12 seasons.

After 58 years of SEC participation and competition, no previous Florida team had ever won an official league championship in football (1984 was stripped after cheating). Spurrier-led Gators have accomplished this six times (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, and 2000) dominating the SEC, its title game, and rising to national dominance by always finishing in the top 10.

He is the first coach in SEC history to win three outright conference championships in his first five years in the league. Florida's 86-14 SEC record during this period is the best in history for any head coach with a minimum of five years at a league school. Spurrier has guided the Gator to ten straight bowl appearances including two BCS appearances in the Orange Bowl.

From 1906 to 1989, only seven Gator teams won as many as nine games in one season. In twelve seasons, Spurrier teams have won nine or more each year, including 10 in 1991 and 1994, 11 in 1993 and 12 in 1995 and 1996. UF has been ranked in The Associated Press' national poll in all but one week during his tenure at Florida (160 of 161 weeks). The Gators have appeared in the AP Top 10 in each of the last 123 weeks. Spurrier has been named SEC Coach of the Year five times and won the SEC's Eastern Division championship in the first five years of conference divisional play winning the four title games in a row (1993-96).

Spurrier became the first UF coach to beat Georgia in eight consecutive years (1990-97). The 1996 season was the greatest in school history, as the squad posted a superb 12-1 regular season record and chopped the seminoles 52-20 in the 1997 national championship game - The 1997 Nokia Sugar Bowl.

At Duke his teams reached heights no Blue Devil squad had seen in nearly three decades. The offense set records and shredded Atlantic Coast Conference standards and resulted in a 1989 bowl appearance and an ACC conference championship - Duke's first bowl showing since 1960 and first conference title since 1962.

He was named ACC Coach of the Year in 1988 and 1989. Between 1989 and 1994, Spurrier teams finished first in their conference five out of six seasons and second in the other campaign. Spurrier offenses produced the same results at the professional level in the USFL from 1983 to 1985 with the Tampa Bay Bandits, where he compiled a 35-19 record and two consecutive playoff appearances. The 1984 Tampa Bay Bandits team was the first in pro football history to produce a 4,000 yard passer and two 1,000-yard rushers in the same season.

Spurrier's coaching career started in 1978 as quarterback coach at Florida. In 1979 he served as offensive coordinator and quarterback coach at Georgia Tech where then GTech Head Coach Bill Curry (who then moved to head coach at Kentucky and Spurrier beat 7 straight years with the Gators) fired him. Spurrier's reputation as an exceptional offensive coach originated when he was an assistant coach at Duke from 1980 to 1982.

Spurrier was born on April 20, 1945 in Miami Beach, Fla. He won the 1966 Heisman Trophy at Florida and is still regarded as the most famous athlete in school history. His number 11 was retired (and brought back by Ben Hanks). As a player, he guided the Gators to two major bowls in three seasons, eight come-from-behind wins in the final quarter and a glorious period still remembered with fondness by Florida fans.

   

 

Spurrier Facts and Record Book

Head Coach - USFL  Tampa Bay Bandits

Year

Team

Record (W-L-T)

1983

Tampa Bay (USFL)

11-7-0

1984

Tampa Bay (USFL)

14-4-0

1985

Tampa Bay (USFL)

10-8-0

 

Career Tampa Bay

35-19-0

 

Head Coach - College

Year

Team

Record (W-L-T)

League Record

Bowl Game

Final Ranking

1987

Duke

5-6-0

2-5-0

-

-

1988

Duke

7-3-1

3-3-1

-

-

1989

Duke

8-4-0

6-1 1st

All-American

-

 

Career Duke

20-13-1 (.603)

(.548)

   

1990

Florida

9-2-0

6-1 1st

PROBATION

13th

1991

Florida

10-2-0

7-0 1st

Sugar vs. Notre Dame - Lost 39-28

7th

1992

Florida

9-4-0

6-2 2nd

Gator vs. NC State Won 27-10

10th

1993

Florida

11-2-0

8-1 1st

Sugar vs. West Virginia Won 41-7

5th

1994

Florida

10-2-1

8-1 1st

Sugar vs. fsu Lost
23-17

7th

1996

Florida

12-1-0

9-0
1st

Sugar vs. fsu Won
52-20

National Champions

1995

Florida

12-1-0

9-0 1st

Fiesta vs. Nebraska Lost 62-24

2nd

1997

Florida

10-2

6-2 2nd E

Citrus vs. Penn. St. Won 21-6

4th

1998

Florida

10-2

7-1 2nd E

Orange vs. Syracuse Won 31-10

4th

1999

Florida

9-4

7-1
1st E

Citrus vs. Michigan St. Lost 37-34

14th

2000

Florida

10-3

7-1
1st E

Sugar vs. Miami
Lost 37-29

11th

2001

Florida

10-2

6-2
2nd E

Orange vs. Maryland
Won 56-23

3rd

 

Career Florida

122-27-1 (.816)

     
 

Career Record

178-59-2 (.746)

     

 

Last Updated November 19, 2006