Steve Spurrier is officially returning to coaching | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

Steve Spurrier is officially returning to coaching | Columbus Ledger-Enquirer

The league, made up of players who didn't make the cut for the NFL, will have the initial game and the championship game on CBS and one matchup per week on CBS Sports Network.

Spurrier, who left both Florida and SC as those programs' winningest head coach, said he was intrigued by the new rules of the game, which include two-and-half hour games and 30 seconds in between plays, and the opportunity to include great players who don't make it into the NFL.

Steve Spurrier has been announced as the head coach of the inaugural team of the Alliance of American Football, based in Orlando, Florida.

"What first captured my attention was Charlie and Bill's commitment to putting top-flight, professional football on the field and creating a true alliance between fans, players and the game", said Steve Spurrier, Orlando Alliance head coach. A couple of years later he returned to college coaching with SC. A seven-time SEC Coach of the Year victor, he was accepted into the College Football Hall of Fame, becoming one of four members to be inducted as both a coach and a player.

Polian agreed and expanded on Spurrier's success throughout the years.

It is unclear how Saturday's announcement by the Alliance of American Football will affect whether Orlando lands an XFL team.

"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", he said.

Spurrier, 72, will coach the Orlando franchise. "I'm fired up and ready to go".

As a player, Spurrier was the starting quarterback at the University of Florida in 1965 and 1966, where he won the Heisman Trophy and the Walter Camp Memorial Trophy as a senior.

Details on ticket prices and seating will be announced this summer, but officials with the league said The Alliance is committed to offering a limited number of sideline seats available for purchase at $35. The league will begin play on February 9, 2019 - one week after the Super Bowl - and feature a ten-game schedule between eight teams.



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