Greatest UF Head Coach

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Greatest UF Head Coach

  1. Steven Orr

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    17.2%
  2. Billy the Kid

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    81.6%
  1. MelBeachGator
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    Just curious as to whom fans feel as the greatest coach ever at UF. You honestly can't go wrong with either, but with the season Billy is having this year, and just his overall character and representation, my pick is for Billy. He built the program from absolutely nothing, and is about as solid as you can get from a coach.



    Steve Spurrier

    • Won one national championship (1997), and played for another (1996).[3]
    • Won six SEC championships (1991, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000).[3]
    • Named SEC Coach of the Year five times (1990, 1991, 1994, 1995, 1996).[3]
    • First Heisman Trophy-winner to coach a Heisman Trophy-winner (Danny Wuerffel).[3]
    • Won at least nine games in each of his twelve seasons, one of only three coaches in major college history to do so.[3]
    • Averaged more than ten wins per season.[3]
    • Ranked in the final top fifteen in each of his twelve seasons, including nine top-ten finishes, five final top-five rankings, and an average end-of-season ranking of 6.8.[3]
    • Appeared among the top twenty-five teams in the weekly polls 202 of a possible 203 weeks, including each of his last 202 consecutive weeks. The Gators were ranked number one in the polls twenty-nine times, appeared among the top five team for 117 weeks, and among the nation's top ten teams for 179 weeks.[3]
    • Appeared in a bowl game in each of his last eleven seasons, one of only five schools to do so during the same time period.[3]
    • Only coach in major college history to win as many as 120 games in his first twelve seasons at one school (an overall record of 122–27–1, with a winning percentage of .8167).[3]
    • One of only two coaches in major college history to win ten or more games in six consecutive seasons (1993–1998).[3]
    Billy Donovan


    • Donovan has done the unthinkable in 17 years at Florida. He has taken a program that experienced pockets of success and has made history.
    • Two National Championships and three appearances in the title game.
    • Five SEC Championships. (Soon to be six
    • Three consecutive SEC Tournament titles from 2005-07.
    • The No. 1 ranking in the nation in five different seasons, including starting and finishing the 2006-07 season in that spot.
    • Fifteen straight 20-win seasons, two 30-win seasons, including a school record 35 wins in 2006-07.
    • Sixteen consecutive postseason appearances.
    • Winning pctg (.741)
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    Urban Meyer
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    Tebow said it best

    "We were hoping for an undefeated season. That was my goal, something Florida has never done here."

    Tomorrow we have a shot (at least in SEC play).
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    If Billy wins it all this year there will be no debate.
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    Urban Meyer because of the crystal footballs. Not that I like him, but he's a good football coach.
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    Easily Billy Donovan.
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    Give em hell Pell.
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    He's called the Ol' Ball coach for a reason. Spurrier changed the way football was played in the SEC, and although he didn't win as many championships as Meyer or Billy, I still think he's the best. Plus he's awesome to watch on the sidelines when he throws his headset and visor around. Classic Spurrier
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    Billy D all day long.
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    Billy D, then SOS.. Urban vs SOS for 2nd place is the interesting debate. On the face of it, the 2 NC's and Urban's recruiting prowess would seem to tip the scale in his favor.. The counterpoint in my mind is the FSU and Miami teams of the late 90's, when SOS was creating havoc, were far superior to what we faced under Urban. IMO, I would go with SOS for 2nd, by a whisker, because of the in-state competition we faced recruiting and playing each and every year.
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    I go with Billy first and SOS second over Meyer primarily because of what Spurrier really meant to the program. Meyer trumps SOS with more NCs, but he was at UF, by his own admission, because Spurrier had already laid the groundwork for a successful football program at UF.
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    Spurrier did what most people expected would eventually happen at Florida. Just a matter of the right time, right coach, etc.

    BillyD has accomplished the greatest heights in NCAA bball at Florida which was essentially just an afterthought of a program. No one would have ever dreamed it - back to back championships, 3 final 4 appearances, 3 consecutive Elite 8 appearances. Continued success over 2 decades. This is UCLA, Duke, North Carolina, Kentucky, and Kansas level success. At Florida.

    I know football is "more important" around here, but to me there's no doubt Billy is the greatest coach we've had.
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    Donovan and it's not even close.
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    Lots of folks have forgot Spurrier, he set the Gaotrs on the map, for all Sports at UF, Billy is good, but remember we did not win much of anythings before SOS.
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    Meyer wasn't even our second best football coach. I'll call it a tie between Spurrier and Donovan.
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    I think nc are great but not necessarily the top indication of a good coach.
    Auburn and Miami both had coaches who we're not that great and we're fired not too long after they had won one.
    There is allot of luck that comes with winning one.
    Also you have only a relatively few schools that you can coach at that have a good chance. Especially in football.
    When it comes down to just the game itself and coaching there are not many that are better than Donovan and Spurrier.
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    The winning attitude started with Spurrier. He's the reason we do not accept mediocre results. Meyer's great but he doesn't come to UF without the table that Spurrier set.
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    Wow. For me, in football, it's no contest. But if you factor in basketball, I think I'd have to .... gasp ... give it to Billy.

    Steve just behind him, then Urbs, then ... maybe Lon or Norm. But Billy gets the top spot, and I would have never, ever thought I'd say that.
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    It's a little unfair to have a poll of greatest Gator coach and only offer two choices. For example, look at the accomplishments of swimming coach Randy Reese, who coached both men's and women's teams (source Wikipedia):

    Overall
    Men's: 100–21 (.826)
    Women's: 118–7 (.944)

    Championships
    Men's NCAA (1983, 1984)
    Women's AIAW (1979)
    Women's NCAA (1982)
    Men's Southeastern Conference: 1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990
    Women's Southeastern Conference: 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990

    Awards
    NCAA Men's Coach of the Year: 1983, 1984
    NCAA Women's Coach of the Year: 1982, 1988
    SEC Men's Coach of the Year: 1978, 1979, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1990
    SEC Women's Coach of the Year: 1987, 1988, 1990

    I'd probably still vote for Billy D but the "greatest coach" discussion should not be limited to the two biggest money sports. The fact is, there have been many great Gator coaches.

    By the way, if I'm not mistaken, you can add to SOS's resume that it is because of his gratitude to the university and presenting his Heisman trophy to the school that the Heisman committee now awards two trophies -- one to the player and one to the school.
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    BD, he has put uf basketball on the map, very successful and very loyal. He loves uf. Successful and loyal, he's my choice.
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