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Spurrier: How the Ball Coach Taught the South to Play Football

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“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 Sou ...more
Hardcover, 336 pages
Published September 2nd 2014 by Lyons Press
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Nov 04, 2014 rated it liked it
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College football fans have seen his grimace underneath his visor many times. Steve Spurrier has made an art out of taking football programs that have had very little success and making them winners. He did this at Duke, Florida and now South Carolina. The legendary status of the “ball coach” grew in Florida when he took the Fun ‘n’ Gun offense to a new level, brining a national championship to the university.

This book by Ran Henry chronicles how a son of a prea
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Jeff Brannon
Jan 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Has there ever been a more compelling and unique story about about any figure in sports, coach or player, than Steve Spurrier? It would be hard to convince me otherwise after reading this beautifully written collection of the stories that made the Ball Coach who he is today. This isn't your typical sports book, and for the good, let me assure you. This isn't just a collection of stats or review of game film, this is a masterfully narrated depiction of a man whose day as an athlete began at a qua ...more
Jim Stiver
Nov 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Under the Visor

If you are a fan of the Ball Coach, of course you have to read this book, but the same goes for all those who think of him as the Evil Genius. I know you’ve never figured him out. That’s part of the coach’s plan. But Ran Henry has, and don’t you want to understand what makes Spurrier tick?

But even if you have only a mild curiosity about the man, you will enjoy the read. Masterfully written with a compelling story to tell, Spurrier reads like a novel, as literary as it is insight
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Robert
Jan 06, 2015 rated it it was ok
Fans of Steve Spurrier will enjoy this book for all the detail that the author describe Spurrier. Unfortunately, it is a 325 page biography written more in the style of a 1000 word article in the sports section. At times tedious and hard to follow, the pace picks up in the latter stages and the stylistic problems become less irritating.
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