Steve Spurrier: Austin Hardin’s kick vs. Vanderbilt bigger than mine for Florida in 1966

Steve Spurrier‘s Heisman Trophy honor in 1966 was attributed to his stellar play as quarterback and punter for the Florida Gators, but many believe it was a clutch field goal he kicked to beat Auburn late in the season that put him over the top and made him the easy choice for the award.

During an interview with long-time Florida scribe Buddy Martin this week, Spurrier said that kick – one of the most important moments in school history – was nothing compared to the one Gators redshirt sophomore Austin Hardin made last Saturday.

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McElwain talks offensive struggles, defensive successes as Gators prep for Gamecocks

Looking back on winning the SEC East title and ahead to Saturday’s game against the South Carolina Gamecocks, head coach Jim McElwain of the No. 10 Florida Gators (8-1, 6-1 SEC) met with the media to discuss his offense’s struggles, defense’s successes and all the things going both right and wrong for the Gators through the first 10 weeks of the season.

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Snell’s Slant: Spurrier, Grier, Harris and Georgia

By Shannon Snell – OnlyGators.com Featured Columnist

The resignation of Steve Spurrier

There have been two huge stories involving the Florida Gators over the last couple of weeks. The first was the resignation of Steve Spurrier which, though I knew it would happen one day, I never thought in a million years that it would be in the middle of a season. I will say, however, that to me his reasoning was legit and unselfish. Spurrier was very open and honest with a lot of the guys there, and he told lots of them that he did not know how much longer he’d be coaching.

Back in 1999, Coach Spurrier and Dartmouth head coach Buddy Teevens (Florida’s running backs coach at the time) came to my house in Tampa. One of the questions I asked Spurrier then was whether he was going to be at Florida for the next four years. I remember the answer as clear as day. “Shannon, I don’t know. You know? I hope I am. If I’m still livin’, if I don’t get fired, or if someone comes along and gives me a bunch of money. Well, I’m not going to get fired ‘cause we win a lot of ball games and that would be stupid to let me go.”

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Florida Gators coach, QB Steve Spurrier retires: Top Head Ball Coach moments, quotes, reactions

A Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and national title-winning coach with the Florida Gators, Steve Spurrier ended his collegiate coaching career on Tuesday, resigning from his post with South Carolina after 10-plus years with the program. In all, Spurrier compiled a 228-89-2 record over 26 seasons, going 122-27-1 (87-12 SEC) while at Florida.

He led the Gators to their first national title in the 1996 season, also winning six SEC championships and seven SEC East crowns. Spurrier was named SEC Coach of the Year at Florida five times and took the Gators to a second national title game, which it lost in the 1995 season, one year before he returned to the game and won.

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Florida Gators AD Jeremy Foley, coach Jim McElwain comment on Steve Spurrier

Former Florida Gators national championship-winning coach and Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Steve Spurrier resigned from his post at South Carolina and retired from the sport of college football on Tuesday.

As a response to Spurrier’s departure, Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley and current Gators head coach Jim McElwain released statements praising Spurrier and honoring his accomplishments.

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4 BITS: Florida Gators to honor Ray Graves with helmet decal, Bill Carr as Mr. Two Bits

1 » The Florida Gators announced Tuesday that Ray Graves, a former head football coach and athletic director at the school who passed away in April at the age of 96, will be honored with a decal on the team’s helmets this season. The decal reads “RG: The Bull Gator,” referring to Graves’s nickname while he was coach of the Gators from 1960-69; he led Florida to a 70-3-4 (38-19-3 SEC) record with a 4-1 mark in bowl games and four top-20 national finishes. UF was Graves’s only head coaching job. He led Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Steve Spurrier and a future NFL Defensive Player of the Year, defensive end Jack Youngblood, while with the Gators. Graves was also Florida’s coach during the invention of Gatorade, and he remained UF’s athletic director until 1979 after serving in the role for 19 years.

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Florida Gators coach Jim McElwain takes first trip through ESPN’s car wash on Tuesday

Joining a handful of other Southeastern Conference coaches in Bristol, Connecticut, on Tuesday, Florida Gators head coach Jim McElwain went through ESPN’s “car wash” for the first time, appearing on a number of the networks’ media platforms while making four live television appearances over the course of the day.

OnlyGators.com is following McElwain’s appearances on Thursday and is updating this post live with the news, notes and quotes from all of his stops. Due to most of McElwain’s spots not airing live, this post will be updated into the night.

CAR WASH (LIVE) SCHEDULE
11:20 a.m. – First Take (ESPN2)
12:00 p.m. – The Herd (ESPNU, ESPN Radio)
1:20 p.m. – SportsCenter (ESPN)
2:00 p.m. – College Football Live w/ Steve Spurrier (ESPN)

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Legendary NFL coach, historic Florida Gators athletic director Bill Arnsparger dies at 88

Former Florida Gators athletic director Bill Arnsparger, a figure who made one of the most important decisions in school history, passed away Friday in Athens, Alabama, at the age of 88.

Following a storied coaching career, Arnsparger was named Florida’s athletic director in 1986; he was tasked with cleaning up the Gators athletic program following numerous NCAA sanctions for rules violations.

As such, he hired two new coaches for the school’s primary athletic programs, bringing on former Florida Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback Steve Spurrier in 1990 to coach the football team and Lon Kurger for basketball in 1991. Spurrier, of course, turned the Gators’ football team into perennial winners and national champions in 1996. Kruger led Florida basketball to its first Final Four (1994).

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