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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | September 4, 2003
Fred Smoot thought the play was harmless. In practice last week, the Washington Redskins cornerback was matched up against rookie wide receiver Taylor Jacobs 30 yards from the end zone. After the snap, backup quarterback Rob Johnson took a seven-step drop as Jacobs and Smoot raced down the left sideline. Johnson launched a pass that seemed - to Smoot and others - to be too far for Jacobs to catch. But at the last moment, the receiver flashed past Smoot and caught the ball in the back of the end zone, drawing a bellow of frustration from Smoot.
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June 6, 2011
Brilliant but no chance Rachel George Orlando Sentinel Even Steve Spurrier knows his idea has no chance of passing. But suggesting players receive $300 per game, to be paid by the coaches, is brilliant for a couple of reasons. First, it acknowledges what many view to be problematic in college football — at the highest levels, coaches and universities are making millions off athletes who make little. As Spurrier pointed out, 50 years ago when there was no money in college football, players got full scholarships.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | December 31, 1995
TEMPE, Ariz. -- There are two ways to look at Florida's "Fun n' Gun" offense: It's either the most sophisticated passing system this side of the "West Coast" philosophy espoused by Bill Walsh, or it's as simple as the kind you used to draw up in the schoolyard as a kid.Or maybe it's both.Its creator, Gators coach Steve Spurrier, doesn't mind being called an offensive genius.In fact, when he was coaching at Duke, the story goes that he telephoned a local writer to suggest it.But its foundation comes from Spurrier's days as a Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback in Gainesville, when legend has it that he routinely embellished the plays being sent in by his coach, Ray Graves, and also made up his own."
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | September 17, 2005
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - As Jeremy Foley sat in his Salt Lake City hotel room on that night last December, the Florida athletic director anxiously followed on television what was happening in the Urban Meyer coaching sweepstakes. Foley, who had met with Meyer for a second time earlier in the day, turned on the television and watched live coverage of the Notre Dame entourage arriving from and returning to South Bend on a private plane. "Obviously there was competition," Foley recalled recently.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | September 7, 2002
GAINESVILLE, Fla. - From the outside, life in The Swamp doesn't seem to have changed much for the Florida Gators under new coach Ron Zook than it had been during the past decade under Steve Spurrier. Fans still stand in the middle of town holding signs that read "Need Tickets" - four days before games, such as the one this afternoon against top-ranked Miami at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. The talk show callers are still asking about how the beloved Gators are going to fare against the hated Seminoles of Florida State - nearly three months before their game will be played over in Tallahassee.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | September 18, 1999
He has gone from relative obscurity to national acclaim in the course of six years, from being thought of as the guy who was fortunate to have coached Peyton Manning to the coach who led Tennessee to last season's national championship.Phillip Fulmer has spent a career coming out of the shadows cast by others: first as the assistant coach who replaced the legendary Johnny Majors, then as the fellow who coached the Vols to a 13-0 season the year after Manning graduated.Tonight, Fulmer can add to his own legacy, not to mention his glittering 68-11 record, when second-ranked Tennessee plays fourth-ranked Florida at "The Swamp" in Gainesville, Fla.As happened to Manning, as well as to Tennessee women's basketball coach Pat Summitt, there is now a street on the campus named after Fulmer.
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January 4, 2004
Spurrier's personality didn't fit in with NFL Whether Steve Spurrier's style of football, namely concentrating on the passing game, will ever become a standard in professional football has not been answered by his brief tenure with the Washington Redskins. Instead, the question as to whether a gentleman with too much concern for the owner, the players and the assistant coaches can ever be successful in professional football has been answered with a resounding no. The highly competitive nature of professional football and the financial end of the sport play a large role in whether an individual who does not go for the jugular can ever succeed.
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June 6, 2011
Brilliant but no chance Rachel George Orlando Sentinel Even Steve Spurrier knows his idea has no chance of passing. But suggesting players receive $300 per game, to be paid by the coaches, is brilliant for a couple of reasons. First, it acknowledges what many view to be problematic in college football — at the highest levels, coaches and universities are making millions off athletes who make little. As Spurrier pointed out, 50 years ago when there was no money in college football, players got full scholarships.
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January 1, 1998
No. 11 Penn State (9-2) vs. No. 6 Florida (9-2)Site: Orlando, Fla.Time: 1 p.m. todayTV: ABCLine: Florida by 13 1/2Coaches: Joe Paterno (298-76-3); Steve Spurrier (82-16-1)Outlook: Spurrier's "Fun 'N Gun" offense of seasons past wasn't as explosive as usual, but the Gators still threw for 32 touchdowns and more than 3,000 yards. WR Jacquez Green was named a first team All-American with 1,024 yards receiving and nine touchdowns. TB Fred Taylor is the Gators' workhorse on the ground. Florida's defense is one of the best units in the country, particularly against the run. DT Ed Chester leads a group that ranks second nationally by allowing just 71 rushing yards per game.
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November 10, 1995
No. 3 Florida (8-0) at South Carolina (4-4-1)Site: Williams-Brice Stadium, Columbia, S.C.TV: ESPNIt's the system: Florida tried to take it on easy on Northern Illinois last week when it rested quarterback Danny Wuerffel. But Wuerffel's replacement, Eric Kresser, set a school record with 458 yards passing and six touchdowns in a 58-20 victory.Coach Superior I: Steve Spurrier was a bit perplexed a day later when pollsters jumped Ohio State over his Gators, who have outscored the opposition, 364-160.
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | September 1, 2005
COLUMBIA, S.C. - Football helmets and game balls from the various stops in Steve Spurrier's career adorn the shelf behind the desk in his office at Williams-Brice Stadium. They are mementos of a mostly glittering past, from the San Francisco 49ers to the Tampa Bay Bandits, from Duke to Florida. Maybe he just ran out of space in decorating his new digs, or maybe, like a bad round of golf, Spurrier simply wants to put his two-year debacle as an NFL coach behind him. There is no Redskins helmet or game balls from his 12-20 stay in Washington in 2002 and '03. At 60, Spurrier seems eager for what many see as possibly the biggest challenge of his career.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,SUN STAFF | February 27, 2005
INDIANAPOLIS - Joe Gibbs danced, Steve Mariucci hedged and Maurice Clarett ran, although not very well. Day 3 of the NFL's scouting combine raised more questions than it answered yesterday. Chief among them were these thorny predicaments: Will the Washington Redskins be able to accommodate wide receiver Laveranues Coles' trade request and still resolve their growing salary cap crisis? Does the imminent arrival of quarterback Jeff Garcia in Detroit push three-year Lions starter Joey Harrington out on a short limb?
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By Don Markus and Don Markus,SUN STAFF | November 1, 2004
The state of Florida has been the center of political debate since the 2000 presidential election. It has been the center of college football's universe much longer, but what transpired during the past week makes politics seem almost like a sane and predictable game. Start with last Monday's midseason firing of University of Florida coach Ron Zook, who has been a lame duck ever since he was elevated to the head coaching job two years ago and some Gators fans started the fireronzook.com Web site.
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February 1, 2004
It's a good idea to remember on this monumental day that football does have its amusing side and that the participants are capable of making fun of themselves and their colleagues. Here are a few examples collected over the years by Martin D. "Mitch" Tullai, long-time former football coach and history teacher at St. Paul's School in Brooklandville. Art Modell, Ravens owner, on the prospects of backup quarterback Stoney Case: "Stoney turned into a pebble. I don't think he's the answer."
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January 4, 2004
Spurrier's personality didn't fit in with NFL Whether Steve Spurrier's style of football, namely concentrating on the passing game, will ever become a standard in professional football has not been answered by his brief tenure with the Washington Redskins. Instead, the question as to whether a gentleman with too much concern for the owner, the players and the assistant coaches can ever be successful in professional football has been answered with a resounding no. The highly competitive nature of professional football and the financial end of the sport play a large role in whether an individual who does not go for the jugular can ever succeed.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | December 8, 2003
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Bruce Smith and the Washington Redskins got what they so desperately wanted. Smith broke the NFL record for career sacks with his 199th, and the Redskins staved off a mounting tide of frustration and criticism by defeating the New York Giants, 20-7, yesterday at Giants Stadium for only their second win in nine games. The victory meant little except that Washington (5-8) beat New York (4-9) for only the second time in the teams' past seven meetings. Less than half of the announced attendance of 78,217 bothered to show up, much less stay for the duration of the game.
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By Mike Preston and Mike Preston,Sun Staff Correspondent | October 19, 1990
COLLEGE PARK -- University of Maryland football coach Joe Krivak never was disturbed while he was fishing.But aside from this privacy, he knows that the world of a first-year head coach can be weird and unpredictable. Everyone wants a piece of the new guy. His days are filled with appearances -- television and radio, athletic fund-raisers, charitable events.Then there are department and football staff meetings, as well as countless hours in film sessions and recruiting.And, finally, practice and the game.
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By Jamison Hensley and Jamison Hensley,SUN STAFF | February 10, 2002
This time, Marvin Lewis is back with the Ravens on his own terms. Less than 24 hours after the Tampa Bay Buccaneers backed out of hiring him as head coach, Lewis turned down a big-money offer from the Washington Redskins to become their defensive coordinator and agreed in principle to a new deal with the Ravens yesterday. "I'm tired of putting my family through this," Lewis told The Sun. "[Ravens owner] Art Modell, [senior vice president of football operations] Ozzie Newsome, right straight down the line through the organization have been loyal to me. I'm at peace with this decision."
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | September 4, 2003
Fred Smoot thought the play was harmless. In practice last week, the Washington Redskins cornerback was matched up against rookie wide receiver Taylor Jacobs 30 yards from the end zone. After the snap, backup quarterback Rob Johnson took a seven-step drop as Jacobs and Smoot raced down the left sideline. Johnson launched a pass that seemed - to Smoot and others - to be too far for Jacobs to catch. But at the last moment, the receiver flashed past Smoot and caught the ball in the back of the end zone, drawing a bellow of frustration from Smoot.
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By Edward Lee and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF | August 31, 2003
ASHBURN, Va. - Steve Spurrier's affinity for quarterbacks took a strange turn. Danny Wuerffel, a longtime favorite of Spurrier's since their days at the University of Florida, and Gibran Hamdan, the Washington Redskins' seventh-round draft choice last April, were released by the team yesterday as it trimmed its roster to reach the 53-player limit by today. Wuerffel and Hamdan were two of 10 players waived by the Redskins, but Hamdan's name was left off a list circulated by the team's media relations department.
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