Spurrier : How the Ball Coach Taught the South to Play Football
Overview - We all like to prove people wrong who say we re no good, says the eternally driven Steve Spurrier, the 1966 Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback who took off his helmet, put on his coaching visor, and turned three downtrodden universities into winners. Read more...
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We all like to prove people wrong who say we re no good, says the eternally driven Steve Spurrier, the 1966 Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback who took off his helmet, put on his coaching visor, and turned three downtrodden universities into winners. Spurrier s Fun N Gun offense at the University of Florida flummoxed defenses and rewrote playbooks across the Southeastern Conference, transforming SEC football into a modern phenomena. Spurrier tells the story of a preacher s son from the Tennessee hills who has been overwhelming opponents with ball plays for nearly six decades. The climax of his storied career is uplifting the University of South Carolina, a school that lost more football games than it won between 1892 and 2005, and was believed for over a century to be cursed. The only Heisman Trophy winner ever to coach another Heisman Trophy Winner, Spurrier dared to enter the graveyard of coaches at South Carolina, confronted his destiny, and turned the USC Gamecocks into an unlikely winner. Spurrier is the biography of the Ball Coach who has forever changed college football and its impact on our culture."
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With a national football championship, seven SEC titles, and nine Coach of the Year awards under his belt, Steve Spurrier is given the star treatment in a chatty, informative portrait. Henry, a writing professor at the universities of South Carolina and Virginia and a former Ralph McGill Scholar at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia, chronicles the preacher's boy from Tennessee hill country who broke all passing records as a two-time All-American quarterback at the University of Florida, earning a Heisman Trophy in 1966. Spurrier, supremely confident in his skills and leadership, is depicted in colorful, glowing snapshots, occasionally with clever asides worthy of some ESPN commentators. His professional football career with the San Francisco 49ers and Tampa Bay Buccaneers is dealt with economically, setting it in a future tense, but the bulk of the narrative holds true to Spurrier's college reign as the coach of the University of Florida where his celebrated "Fun N' Gun" offense dominated the Southeastern Conference. Committed to piercing the media-hyped myth of Spurrier, Henry has written a wise and honest biography of a man who has revamped the strategy of college football, making it more exciting for players and fans alike. (Sept.)