'To not use' Steve Spurrier as resource would be foolish, Florida Gators say
GAINESVILLE -- When Florida Gators legend Steve Spurrier was announced as the program's new ambassador and consultant, he said that Luke Del Rio seems to be the team's starting quarterback.
"I guess those three practices he watched, he picked it, right?" coach Jim McElwain quipped Wednesday during UF's media day.
Although Spurrier might not be deciding UF's starter, the Gators' coaching staff does plan to use him for some chalk talk.
"How would you not?" offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier said. "You talk about a great resource within the building, and to not use it to me would be foolish."
Nussmeier said coaches are always looking to improve and get opinions from others in the profession, so bouncing ideas off of Spurrier would be no different.
McElwain said he views Spurrier as an off-the-field asset, too - a way to learn about the history and tradition of the program. He's not worried about egos conflicting because "those are things that get you fired."
"I understand history a little bit, and I understand what this guy's done for this university from an historical standpoint, and this is where he belongs," McElwain said. "This is where he belongs. He's a Gator and always will be a Gator."