9780762791842

Spurrier How The Ball Coach Taught the South to Play Football

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  • ISBN13:

    9780762791842

  • ISBN10:

    0762791845

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 9/2/2014
  • Publisher: Lyons Press
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Summary

“We all like to prove people wrong who say we’re no good,” says the eternally driven Steve Spurrier, the 1966 Heisman Trophy winner and NFL quarterback who took off his helmet, put on his coaching visor, and turned three downtrodden universities into winners. Spurrier’s Fun ’N’ Gun offense at the University of Florida flummoxed defenses and rewrote playbooks across the Southeastern Conference, transforming SEC football into a modern phenomena. Spurrier tells the story of a preacher’s son from the Tennessee hills who has been overwhelming opponents with “ball plays” for nearly six decades.

The climax of his storied career is uplifting the University of South Carolina, a school that lost more football games than it won between 1892 and 2005, and was believed for over a century to be cursed. The only Heisman Trophy winner ever to coach another Heisman Trophy Winner, Spurrier dared to enter the “graveyard of coaches” at South Carolina and confront his destiny, turning the USC Gamecocks into an unlikely winner. Spurrier is the biography of the Ball Coach who has forever changed college football—and its impact on our culture.
 

 

Author Biography

Ran Henry grew up rooting for “that Spurrier kid” from Johnson City, and spent his life as a writer at the Bluefield Daily Telegraph, the Florida Times-Union, the St. Petersburg Times, and Tropic, the Miami Herald’s Sunday magazine .Henry has an MFA in creative writing at Florida International University and was a Ralph McGill Scholar at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. He also taught at the University of Virginia, and teaches a class for narrative nonfiction writers at the Florida Center for the Book. He first officially interviewed Steve Spurrier in 1986, and has been following him for the past 15 years, putting together material for this definitive biography.

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