"Co-founder and CEO of the Alliance, Charlie Ebersol said in a statement, we're not just bringing professional football to town, we're bringing the Head Ball Coach with us, a true Florida legend". His five-year contract made him the most lucratively paid coach in the league at the time, but by year two, having gone 7-9 as a rookie, spats with owner Dan Snyder (sound familiar?) and alleged Gators bias in his roster building led to a quick departure after a 5-11 follow-up season - an open door for his return to the college sidelines. But this isn't the first time someone has tried starting a new football league.
Spurrier will coach the Orlando squad in the new Alliance of American Football, coming out of retirement after successful stints at the helm of Florida and SC. The new 8 team league, run by Charlie Ebersol, will make its debut February 9, 2019, and will run for 10 weeks.More news: Formula One: Deputy PM wants grid girls at Russian Grand Prix
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As previously reported, CBS will be a TV partner for the league, televising its debut game and championship contest on the network, while broadcasting one game a week on CBS Sports Network. The first game and the championship game will be carried by CBS.
The AAF will feature eight teams, with 50-man rosters. If not, the other team has the ball in prime field position. "Those players get a chance to continue playing even if they don't play at the highest level, and then maybe someday they play well enough to go to the highest level".
Steve Spurrier, who was the University of Florida's first Heisman Trophy victor and later coached the Gators to six Southeastern Conference titles and the program's first national title, is returning to football. "Player safety, that's top priority". Ward will serve as the league's executive of player relations.
Games will be played at the University of Central Florida's Spectrum Stadium.