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Oklahomey
Oklahoma Fan
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Member since Mar 2013
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When Spurrier became head coach....
at Florida, what were the expectations for the fans? Were they expecting a national title even though they didn’t have any yet or were they wanting to just be competitive consistently? Just curious. Florida is the last first time national champion.

Gators did well at winning the SEC and defeating Tennessee consistently. Were fans growing tired at some point or were things going well that 1996 was just the icing on the cake?

I know Florida had a national championship caliber program in 1984 and 1985 but it dwindled shortly after.

This topic somehow stemmed from seeing how young Stoops was and when he knew how to coach a defense.


RollTide4Ever
Harvard Fan
Nashville
Member since Nov 2006
14476 posts

re: When Spurrier became head coach....
They expected him to do well since he won at Duke, NC was a dream come true. I think fans got tired of winning SEC with no national title to show for it. Switzer has a quote about creating a monster and keep feeding it.


nicholastiger
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Baton Rouge
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re: When Spurrier became head coach....
Florida had probation issues in the 80's
Spurrier brought the offense to Gainesville after putting Duke on the map
Arnsparger probably prevented LSU from hiring him
Until Stoops came to run the defense, that's when they became national title contenders
Until Saban came and put the SEC on notice and started running coaches off left and right
Tenn hasn't been the same since Saban beat Fulmer and prevented him from playing for second title
Spurrier didn't want any part of it and left for the NFL payday


bgator85
Florida Fan
Sarasota
Member since Aug 2007
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re: When Spurrier became head coach....
Expectations were pretty high. Given how the state had changed, I think most people figured UF just needed the right coach to take off.


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lewis and herschel
Georgia Fan
Member since Nov 2009
5083 posts

re: When Spurrier became head coach....
He was really good at having people steal signs and it worked well according to some.


Gatorbait2008
Florida Fan
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re: When Spurrier became head coach....
Spurrier did not run from Saban. He literally beat Saban his last year here by 30 points. He beat him all four years he faced him by double digits. You are beyond delusional dude.


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Porter Osborne Jr
Georgia Fan
Member since Sep 2012
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re: When Spurrier became head coach....
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He was really good at having people steal signs and it worked well according to some.



I've never heard this allegation about him. I wouldn't put it past him but I also believe that most teams do this.


bigDgator
Florida Fan
Dallas, TX
Member since Oct 2008
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re: When Spurrier became head coach....
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I've never heard this allegation about him. I wouldn't put it past him but I also believe that most teams do this.


So he was stealing defensive signals as he was sending the plays in to the QB? That is rich. Spurrier didn't even know his own defensive plays.


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KajunGator
Florida Fan
Lake Arthur, LA
Member since May 2011
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re: When Spurrier became head coach....
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I think fans got tired of winning SEC with no national title to show for it.


Would get pretty tiring...just ask UGA


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