Spurrier resigned last season from South Carolina, but boasted a 228-89-2 record after coaching at Duke, Florida, and South Carolina, and winning six SEC championships titles and one National Championship appearance with Florida. In his playing days, he took home the 1966 Heisman Trophy. He became immediately eligible for the HOF upon his resignation.
For coaches to have a shot at earning a spot, they must have coached for at least 10 years, 100 games, and won at least 60 percent of their games. Former Clemson coach Danny Ford and Darryl Rodgers, who had time at San Jose State, Fresno State, Michigan State, and Arizona State, are among the coaching candidates.
Spurrier is joined by another SEC legend who made the list—Peyton Manning. The former Tennessee quarterback is one of four to have passed for 11,000 yards, yet he could never take down Spurrier’s Florida team in his four years at Tennessee.
To be eligible for induction, a player must have been a first-team All-American as determined by The Associated Press, the American Football Coaches Association, the Football Writers of American Association, the Sporting News, and the Walter Camp Football Foundation.
There are 17 other first-time nominees on the list, including Cal tight end Tony Gonzalez, San Diego State running back Marshall Faulk, Arkansas defensive tackle Dan Hampton, and USC safety Troy Polamalu.