Greatest UF Head Coach

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Greatest UF Head Coach

  1. Steven Orr

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  2. Billy the Kid

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    81.6%
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    What a great post! You sold me and you're right on all points.
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    Buster Bishop.
    I'm biased.
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    I think it's apples and oranges to compare a b-ball coach with a football coach. I remember the Gator football teams of the late 80s. They stunk it up. It was as bad as it gets before Spurrier got here, probation and all. At least we went to a Final Four three seasons before Billy got here. I think it's MUCH tougher to be an SEC football coach than a basketball coach.
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    Well, in fairness to Tim, he didn't say "undefeated REGULAR season." The Fiasco Bowl counted...
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    I guess you didn't remember when Florida went 9-2-1, 9-1-1, and 9-1-1, (including two SEC titles, and yes, I also count Spurrier's title in 1990), ranked 6th, 3d and 5th, which is equivalent to three consecutive Final Fours in basketball. Yeah, we cheated, but tell me that Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, Tennessee, LSU, etc didn't cheat when they won all THEIR titles. We played by THEIR rules, with a coach that was one of Bryant's proteges.

    We "stunk up the joint" because of sanctions, not mediocrity. Had he not been put on sanctions, we would have still been winning big, IMO. You make it sound as though Spurrier built Florida from nothing. Not even CLOSE to being true.
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    Galen over Ray Graves? Norm Sloan would be over Lon in my book too
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    I remember 1989 quite well. The team was a joke, sanctions or none. The mid 80s were a distant memory by then. The SEC has two traditionals powers in B-ball with our rise now. The rest of the conference stinks most years as shown in the tourney for a LONG time. Steve would have had a MUCH better record if football had playoffs. I can think of only one year when the team didn't finish well off the top of my head (the year we lost to MSU in the bowl game and Gator fans wanted his head). He set an unreal standard immediately.
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    Mummies and Didies everywhere were proud of their yung-uns playing for Charlie.
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    I really don't like this thread on any serious level. Spurrier is the ONLY reason I watch college football anymore. Not matter what the focus, run or pass, I believe he makes his offenses intentionally predictable - daring you to stop him.

    Spurrier is my favorite FB coach on any level over the past 20 years by far.

    I knew Donovan was going to be great after I watched one game at the O'Dome in January 1997 against UT. I knew then he was only missing the players to do well. Since I'm from NJ, he reminded me quite a bit of Hurley on the high school level (yes, the father of those two Hurleys at Duke).

    The biggest difference between Spurrier and Donovan was the family support on leaving Gainesville. Donovan almost went to the Magic when rumor had it his wife did not want to go. I think Gainesville wore thin on Spurrier after one bad season late in his tenure.

    I wouldn't trade either of them for any coach.
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    Andy Brandi was the first name that popped into my mind when I saw the thread title, but Billy is certainly up there too.

    If Brandi had stuck around, he'd likely have had a long-lasting dynasty at UF.
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    " Very well said. Billy Donovan is the single greatest coach in the history of the University."
    And it not even close!!

    Besides he makes really good photos for 'Caption this' threads.
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    Good news...Donovan got extended today through 2019 at $3.7M / year.
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    Without Tebow...Urbs couldn't hold Spurriers Jock Strap...
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    Chris Leak is offended.

    The fact that you even make that statement without thinking of him is a testament to Urbs.
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    In terms of importance SoS and BD are equals. Both turned their programs around. Both love this school. Both won National Championships.

    But BD is a better coach. He takes more pride in developing his players than any major sport coach at any school. Spurrier liked golf and winning.
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    I don't really understand comments like this, getting great players into your program is huge part of being a head coach.

    Also, applying that logic couldn't you say the same about Spurrier and Wuerffel? He won 4 of his 6 SEC titles and his only national championship with Wuerffel at QB.
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    To me, they're both great coaches. Slight edge to Spurrier.
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    After watching the tourney, I'm even more convinced that it's much tougher to coach a successful football team like SOS did than it is basketball. Calipari came within hitting some free throws to winning it all with five freshman starters. The championship game looked like street ball for the good part that I saw.
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    I agree, I'm just not a fan of those kinds of arguments especially when coaches have won big on multiple occasions. It reminds of UK fans who would argue Donovan isn't a great coach he just got lucky with the 04s.
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