In the wake of Steve Spurrier’s abrupt resignation from South Carolina on Monday, University of Florida athletics director Jeremy Foley shared his thoughts on the Gators’ legendary player and coach.
“He changed the culture of this place,” Foley said.
“I have been here a long, long time. When I first came here in 1976, all anybody wanted to do was win one Southeastern Conference championship. Obviously, he came here and changed that standard a little bit. He produced the championships. Obviously, he produced the first national championship and he did it the right way. He had fun doing it. … He made this place a winner.”
After winning the Heisman Trophy at UF in 1966, Spurrier returned to his alma mater in 1990 and went 122-27 in 12 seasons, winning six SEC championships and a national title.
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Said UF coach Jim McElwain: “Hopefully maybe now, when he steps back, maybe I can get him a chair in our office and I can learn from him.”