Steve Spurrier returns to coaching sidelines in Orlando

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The AAF will feature eight teams with a season that runs ten weeks.

Spurrier, a seven-time SEC champion and Heisman trophy victor, said he was intrigued by the new rules of the game, which include two-and-half hour games and 30 seconds in between plays, and the opportunity to include great players who don't make it into the NFL. The next year he joined the San Francisco 49ers. In 1976, he was sent to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

The league will make its debut on February 9 next year, one week after the Super Bowl. Despite being the starter for the season, he was cut in 1977 and retired from his playing career before the beginning of the season.

The league, started by TV executive Charlie Ebersol and former NFL front office executive Bill Polian, will field several teams across the country.

The new league has an uphill battle to dip into the NFL's market and stay relevant, but having the Head Ball Coach on board is a major step forward. This will be his third time coaching professional football. Spurrier coached 12 years at Florida, becoming the winningest coach in school history and leading the team to a 1996 national championship. Spurrier spoke briefly about his friend, Florida basketball coach. He resigned in December 2003 with three years and $15 million remaining on his contract. One regular-season Alliance game will air exclusively on CBS Sports Network each week as well.

Spurrier, the former Florida and SC head coach who up and quit coaching in 2015, has since had a role within UF's athletic department, which the Gators say will continue.

He plans to continue in that role, but will take a break when the league's spring season rolls around.

Since retiring from coaching in 2015, Spurrier returned to Florida in 2016 as an ambassador and consultant to the athletic department.

He is the fourth person to be inducted to the College Football Hall of Fame as both a player and a coach.

Spurrier's team will play its home games at the University of Central Florida's Spectrum Stadium, which sits roughly 13 miles outside of Orlando.

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