Florida names Steve Spurrier ambassador, consultant for the school's athletic department

Posted at 10:26 AM, Jul 29, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-29 10:27:01-04

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Florida has named former coach Steve Spurrier an ambassador and consultant for the school's athletic department.

Athletic director Jeremy Foley made the announcement Friday, welcoming Spurrier "back home."

Foley says "it's only fitting that at this point in his career he is back in Gainesville."

Spurrier stepped down as South Carolina's coach last season, but stopped short of saying he planned to retire.

He has a home in Crescent Beach, about an hour's drive from Gainesville.

The school planned a conference call with Spurrier for later Friday.

The Gators already renamed their football field after Spurrier, calling it Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.