Florida renames field after former coach Steve Spurrier

Steve Spurrier
FILE - In this Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 file photo, South Carolina head coach Steve Spurrier looks on during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Mississippi State in Columbia, S.C. Steve Spurrier has a message for all those "enemies" out there, saying he will remain South Carolina's coach for a long time. Spurrier said Wednesday, July 22, 2015 that he's not too old at 70 to coach and is not leaving the school where he has coached the past 10 years and is the team's career victory leader.(AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt, File)

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (AP) – Florida is renaming its football field after former coach Steve Spurrier.

The university’s board of trustees approved the change Thursday, making it Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium.

The modification recognizes Spurrier, the program’s first Heisman Trophy winner (1966) and the coach who led the Gators to their first national championship (1996), and keeps the tradition of Florida Field. Florida Field was rededicated in 1934 to the memory of Florida servicemen who died in World War I. A plaque was placed on the wall outside the old north end zone as a memorial.

Spurrier already has a Heisman statue outside the stadium and is a member of the program’s exclusive Ring of Honor.

Spurrier also nicknamed the stadium “The Swamp.”

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