The Head Ball Coach is back in world of coaching professional football. Former University of Florida and University of South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier was named the head coach of the Alliance of American Football’s Orlando-based franchise. The announcement was made on Saturday, with Spurrier announcing his appointment via Twitter.
The last time Spurrier coached on the professional level was back in 2003 when he was head coach of the Washington Redskins in 2002-2003 for two seasons. Spurrier went 12-20 over the span of two campaigns but then stepped down as the team’s coach before returning to college football at South Carolina.
“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,” Steve Spurrier said in a statement about being named the Orlando coach.
Spurrier is widely known for his time in the college ranks, including his 12-year stint at the University of Florida and his nine years spent at the University of South Carolina. The former Gators’ coach is a college Hall of Famer and seven-time SEC conference Coach of the Year award winner.
The Alliance of American Football (AAF), which was unveiled back in March, plans to debut a week after next year’s Super Bowl. The league will have eight teams in its inaugural campaign and have a 10-game season. The AAF will have several slight rule variations in comparison to the NFL, including no kickoffs and every team will start possessions on the 25-yard line, a 30-second play clock and 50-man rosters.
All teams must attempt two-point conversions after scoring instead of kicking extra points, with the emphasis on kickers being much less needed. If the AAF reaches a second season, it’ll be in direct competition with the revived Xtreme Football League (XFL), led by Vince McMahon.