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Steve Spurrier's name being added to Florida Gators' football stadium

Steve Spurrier, 71, is the winningest coach in UF history.

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Steve Spurrier, 71, is the winningest coach in UF history.

The Florida Gators are renaming their field in honor of legendary coach Steve Spurrier.

Spurrier, 71, is the winningest coach in UF history. He won at least nine games every year during his tenure (1990-01) and left with a 122-27-1 record there. The head ball coach's highlights included six SEC championships and the 1996 national title - the first in program history.

"Coach Spurrier did more than win a Heisman Trophy, a national championship and a bunch of games," athletic director Jeremy Foley said in a statement. "Coach Spurrier changed the culture of Florida athletics.

Spurrier's statue already stands outside the stadium; he won the school's first Heisman Trophy in 1966 after passing for 2,012 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Spurrier retired midway through last season from South Carolina, where he also has the most wins in school history.

The official name will be Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

The Gators' basketball arena is also changing its name thanks to a new sponsor. It will be the Exactech Arena at the O'Connell Center.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 9, 2016 5:32pm]

    

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