Florida Gators Honor Steve Spurrier
The Florida Gators kicked off their season this past Saturday against the UMass at home. Before kickoff, the Gators football program honored former player and coach Steve Spurrier. Spurrier won the 1966 Heisman Trophy as a player for the Gators. In 1996, then serving as the program's head coach, Spurrier helped guide he program to winning its first national championship in program history. Florida's honoring of Spurrier included renaming the Gators' playing field. The program officially renamed the venue, Steve Spurrier Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. In his twelve years as head coach of the Gators, Spurrier lost just five total home games. Last season, Spurrier had announced he would be stepping down from the South Carolina football program as their head coach. The Gators did have to fight off an upset minded UMass team in game one of their season. The Gators hung on to win in a hard fought game, 24-7. Florida hosts Coach Steve Spurrier's former school, South Carolina on November 12th.