"I'm not burned out, stressed out or mentally fatigued from coaching," Spurrier said in a statement released by the university. "I just feel my career as a college head coach after 15 years is complete and if the opportunity and challenge of coaching a NFL team happens it is something I would like to pursue."
Seen as arrogant by many outsiders, Spurrier was a beloved figure in Gainesville, where he not only created a winner, but a winner with style. In last act as head coach, he led the Gators to a 56-23 victory over Maryland in the Orange Bowl.
"I believe that the University of Florida is the best place for a high school football player to get an education and play football in the best stadium, "The Swamp," before the best football fans in the world," Spurrier said in a statement. "Again, I thank the "Gator Nation" for the overwhelming support of our teams for 12 years. The seven SEC championships and the 1996 national championship are memories of a lifetime that we will all share together."
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