Biggest off the field moment
The Gators have scored plenty on the field -- especially during the Steve Spurrier era -- but some of their off-the-field moves are just as important. Here are our top 5 picks.
5 most-memorable off-the-field moments in Gator football history:
5. In 2002, Ron Zook is hired to replace Steve Spurrier as head coach. He's fired after three seasons after coming nowhere close to achieving Spurrier's success on the field.
4. In 1986, after rushing for 8,804 rushing yards and 106 touchdowns for Escambia High School in Pensacola, Emmitt Smith chooses Florida over Auburn for college.
3. In 2005, Urban Meyer is hired to replace Ron Zook as head football coach after guiding his Utah team to a perfect record. In his second season, he guided the Gators to an SEC title and a spot in the national title game.
2. NCAA probation: In 1984, during the height of coach Charley Pell's success at UF, the NCAA charged Florida with 107 violations related to recruitment of players. Of those, UF is found guilty of 59 violations and is sentenced to three years of probation, is banned from the post-season and is stripped of its SEC titles. Another NCAA investigation in 1989 costs then-coach Galen Hall his job.
1. In 1989, Steve Spurrier is hired as head coach at his alma mater. In 12 years, he wins six SEC titles, one national title and becomes to the only Heisman Trophy winner to coach a Heisman Trophy player.