Just a consultant? Steve Spurrier names Gators’ starting quarterback

By Adam Silverstein
July 29, 2016
Just a consultant? Steve Spurrier names Gators’ starting quarterback

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Just a few hours after being announced as an “ambassador and consultant” with the Florida Gators athletic program, Steve Spurrier took questions on a conference call about his new role and return to his alma mater.

It was on that call he sounded more like the Head Ball Coach than Florida’s current head football coach, Jim McElwain, as he directly answered a football question that McElwain is unlikely to address for another month.

“[Luke] Del Rio seems to be the starter. He is the starter now,” Spurrier said. “We’ll see how it all works out.”

Spurrier saying as much definitely is comical simply due to it being in stark contrast to the way McElwain has handled the quarterback situation — and most direct questions involving Gators football — since his arrival.

While McElwain has admitted that experience in the program gives redhsirt sophomore Luke Del Rio a leg up on the competition — namely redshirt senior Austin Appleby — he has shied away from naming Del Rio the starter.

Less than one day on the job and Spurrier is already making news, answering one of the biggest questions that has surrounded Florida this offseason.

All joking aside, Spurrier has said he will not be involved in the day-to-day of Gators football despite having an office in the facility.

“I can assure you I will be out of the coaches way. Maybe talk a little ball with Coach Mac, Coach [Doug Nussmeier],” Spurrier said.


  1. SL says:

    Anything more than a “figure-head” / “ambassador” to the program just seems bizarre given Coach Mac’s larger than life (and odd) personality which really is allot like Spurrier in many ways.
    It will be curious to see how the 2 will mix, specifically if there are a few games where the Gators struggle or even have a tough loss through the course of a season.

    Adam, do you think this hire started from the school President, Athletic Dept. or maybe even Coach Mac? I would assume if it did not come from coach Mac they would have asked him to sign-off? Overall Thoughts / insight to Spurrier’s involvement given these statements.

  2. Nevins Smith says:

    Welcome home SOS.

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