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Who is the greatest Gator Coach ever?

Discussion in 'RayGator's Swamp Gas' started by enviroGator, May 24, 2018.

  1. CaptUSMCNole

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    In terms of pure coaching, it’s Meyer. Won 2 NC’s at UF and another at OSU, only one of two coaches to ever accomplish that.

    I know he isn’t popular with the UF fan base but he has the best resume.
     
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  2. gatordee

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    Billy Spurrier
     
  3. Juggernautz

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    The T&F coach then SOS & BD for me
     
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  4. eastowest

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    I knew SOS was from (raised) in Tennessee..but I didn't' know he was born in Florida.... Miami.
     
  5. duchen

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    If you look at the empty backfield and 4 wide formations he ran at Florida and his use of the shotgun as a base offense, Spurrier changed football. Period. He reversed the Georgia series so it became lopsided in our favor.

    For us older Gators, he literally brought us to the "Promised Land." We expect to compete for SEC or NC titles now. Before Spurrier, those were just hopes and dreams.

    Meyer, Donovan etc. might not have ever happened if SOS had not awakened the sleeping giant.
     
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  6. ArtDeco

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    I don't think anyone on here became a Gator because of Billy D or Mary Wise.
    Spurrier literally created the Gator Nation. I know he's what made me a Gator fan.
     
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  7. WESGATORS

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    Ask yourself this, if there's one coach you would not remove from the history of the GATORS, who is the FIRST coach you think of? I'm guessing most folks wouldn't have to think very long before they answer with the name that we're all thinking of. ;)

    Go GATORS!
    ,WESGATORS
     
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  8. WESGATORS

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    I like where you are at with repping Billy. But to me, Spurrier's most impressive accomplishment at FLORIDA isn't winning our first national championship. It's winning 4 consecutive outright SEC Championships. 34 SEC wins in 4 years (2 losses). To put that into perspective, the only other time an SEC team has won 4 consecutive outright SEC titles was when Alabama rattled off 5 in a row in the early 70's. They went 34-1 over the span of 5 years. No team besides Alabama or FLORIDA has ever won 3 consecutive outright SEC Championships.

    Go GATORS!
    ,WESGATORS
     
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  9. gatordavisl

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    Love SoS, but some exaggerations here. Created Gator nation? Invented 4/5 wide sets? Gosh
     
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  10. gatordavisl

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    Easy for me - Billy Donovan
     
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  11. Distant Gator

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    This is a great point Wes. To further build on it, Spurrier's first 7 seasons featured 6 SEC titles and even in that 7th season we were a pick 6 away from beating the eventual national champ and winning a 7th crown.

    In those 7 seasons we went 53-6 in the SEC, including the 4 in a row you mentioned.
    To put that in perspective we went 13-13 in the SEC the 4 years prior to 1990.
     
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  12. GatorSean

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    Shotgun was really never the base of his offense here until late in his tenure. He rarely used it at all until the end of 96 when Danny was getting slaughtered by f$u. I actually remember him being criticized pretty heavily for not using it more prior to that. Everything was 3 and 5 step drops. It wasn't until Grossman that he used the shotgun consistently.
     
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  13. DoctorGator

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    Spurrier is the greatest Gator.
     
  14. GatorNorth

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    I’m a basketball guy at heart but the answer to this question is Spurrier, final answer.

    Other coaches have won more titles (national), had better records and dominated their sport far more.

    But if there is one coach today who is synonymous with UF sports, it’s Spurs.
     
  15. SeabudGator

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    I think it is a great way to paint this question - who would you NOT remove from UF history (this is greatest GATOR coach). Meyer has a great coaching record, including at UF, and he may even be the best coach to have coached here (in football), but that does not make him the greatest gator coach. To those of us who had never won an undisputed title before Spur, who had watched Georgia screw us annually, this is pretty simple. Spurrier in football. Period.

    Now, if you go all sports I will go back to Reese as the greatest Gator coach factually. However, I can't say I've every watched a full swim meet unless it was my kid, and even then I'm pretty sure I dozed off. Billy brought excitement, class and winning to a sport I love deeply. My Gator Mt. Rushmore has Spurs, BD and Reese up there, and I'm sticking with that (room for more and would definitely include Mary Wise if she could win a nattie.... please, Mary, win a nattie!).
     
  16. number1

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    1. Steve Spurrier
    2. Billy Donovan
    3. Tim Walton
    4. Urban Meyer (gets bumped down due to only being here 6 years)
    5. Rhonda Faehn
    6. Kevin O'Sullivan
     
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  17. WESGATORS

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  18. CalGator

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    The main thing that I’d like to add is to request that everyone look back at the list of coaches that have been thrown out by posters and tell me another college program that could boast a list as impressive across so many sports.

    Reese, O’Sullivan, Walton, Spurrier, Halloway, Faehn, Donovan, Brandi, Roland...... Right there you have a list of not only potential greatest GATOR coaches of all time, but most would be among the greatest of all time in their sport. And we’re talking about 9 different sports.

    It’s truly great to be a Florida Gator!!! All year long.....

    And I hate to have to add this, but there’s no way I’d add a coach without a single national title to the list (sorry coach Wise)
     
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  19. ArtDeco

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    Hyperbole? So you remember referring to the Gator Nation prior to Spurrier?
    I didn't have the luxury of growing up in Florida, but I can sure tell you no one in my state (Deep South) gave a damn about Gainesville or UF until Spurrier put it on the map. So we all owe him a debt of gratitude.
     
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  20. gatordavisl

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    Coining the phrase does not equate w creating. Yes, FL football was on the map before SOS. Yes, we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude. I was on campus in 90. The buzz was special. Will never forget the first game against OK St. Believe me, I’m a huge fan. But no, he did not create Gator nation or 4/5 wide sets.