It’s time to start the debate again.
As Urban Meyer-Steve Spurrier IV is set to kickoff Saturday, discussion over who is the best Florida coach will ensue.
At this point, it’s really an argument over what means most to you.
Spurrier built the Florida football program, on and off the field, from 1990-2001. He is the old guard.
On the gridiron during his reign, UF had never-before-seen success.
The Gators won nine games in every one of Spurrier’s 12 seasons (a feat no other SEC school has achieved). They had previously done that only eight times in their first 83 seasons.
Florida is one of only two schools (Nebraska) to finish in the top 15 of the polls during that time period.
The Ol’ Ball Coach won the 1996 national title as well as six SEC titles.
When he had arrived in Gainesville, there were no SEC titles. Zero.
He finished with a 122-27-1 record (.819 win percentage).
He even gave Ben Hill Griffin Stadium its more common nickname, The Swamp.
Now let’s take a look at Meyer’s marks.
In four-plus years, the 45-year-old has won two national titles and might have another this January.
He has two conference championships and will be playing for a third in December.
His current record at UF is 53-9 (.855 win percentage).
He, too, has won nine games in each of his full seasons so far as Florida’s coach. A win Saturday will give him his first 8-0 SEC year, something Spurrier did in 1996.
The Independent Florida Alligator