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Steve Spurrier returns to coaching

Steve Spurrier speaks at a news conference Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015. (AP Photo/Richard Shiro) SCRS102
Published Apr. 7, 2018

Orlando, get ready for the Fun 'n' Grizzled.

Florida icon Steve Spurrier, who turns 73 later this month, will coach the Orlando franchise in the Alliance of American Football, the upstart spring professional league announced. An eight-team league playing a 12-week season, the AAF begins next February.

It will be Spurrier's second venture into spring football. He led the Tampa Bay Bandits of the old USFL to a 35-21 record and two playoff berths from 1983-85.

Between professional spring coaching stints, he also won a few games at the University of Florida (his alma mater) and South Carolina.

"It's a fine line between who makes a team and who doesn't in the NFL," Spurrier said on CBS This Morning: Saturday.

"We don't have a minor league of professional football. Those players get a chance to continue playing even if they don't play at the highest level and then maybe someday they play well enough to go to the highest level."

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