Gainesville, Fla.—Steve Spurrier accomplished a lot in his 12 seasons as head coach at the University of Florida (1990-2001):
**–Before Spurrier came back to his alma mater, Florida had never won 10 games in a season. He won 10 games in nine of the 12 years he was the head Gator.
**–Before Spurrier arrived, Florida had never won an SEC championship. Spurrier’s teams won six and had one taken away (1990) due to sins of the previous coaching staff. From 1993-96 Florida won four straight conference titles.
**–Florida had never won a national championship or even played for one before Spurrier. The Gators lost to Nebraska for the national title in 1995 and then beat Florida State to win it all in 1996.
But as someone who has known Spurrier since he was the offensive coordinator at Duke in 1980, I believe one of his most overlooked achievements is this: Spurrier completely flipped the psychology of the Georgia-Florida game in Jacksonville.