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Hello darkness my old friend...
He just couldn't stay gone for long.
Yes, the visor-tossing, Arby's-eating, golf-playing, always-hating, CFB Hall of Famer Steve Spurrier is back in the coaching game. It was announced on Saturday that Spurrier will be the coach of the Alliance of American Football's Orlando team when its inaugural season kicks off in February of 2019.
This will be the first time that the 72-year-old Spurrier has coached since he resigned from South Carolina in the middle of the 2015 season after coaching the Gamecocks for 11 seasons. Before this, Spurrier had a brief, forgettable stint as the Washington Redskins' coach. This came after his most successful stop, Florida, where he led the Gators to their first national title in 1996 and six SEC Championships at the school where he captured the Heisman Trophy as a quarterback in 1966. He finished his college coaching career with a 228-89-2 record.
The new league is a venture led by Charlie Ebersol, the son of longtime NBC executive Dick Ebersol, that will consist of eight teams and have a 10-week regular season that will begin the week after the Super Bowl. Ebersol will be joined by the likes of former Indianapolis Colts' GM Bill Polian and Pittsburgh Steelers legend Troy Polamalu to help him run the league. As of right now, the Orlando team is the only one officially announced with the other seven teams to be revealed in June.
The Alliance team rosters will be made up of players who didn't make the cut for NFL teams. The first league game and the championship game will be carried via CBS with one game per week being shown on CBS Sports Network.
“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 in a statement released by the league.
Yes. All of this. There aren't many ways better to capture attention and build excitement for your new football league – especially in the South – than to have a CFB and SEC legend as the head coach of one of the teams. The fact that the coach happens to be Spurrier is just spoiling fans at this point. Let's just take a moment to view some of the HBC's greatest hits shall we?
And that's only what he did at South Carolina.
I, personally, cannot wait until the first time Spurrier takes one of his patented jabs at an opposing coach, throws his headset on the field or even appears at a practice shirtless. Oh, and since he will be coaching in Orlando, you've just got to know that there may even be reference to “You can't spell Citrus without U-T!”
Welcome back, coach.