Florida names Ben Hill Griffin Stadium field after Steve Spurrier


Steve Spurrier made The Swamp matter, so it’s only natural Florida would name The Swamp after Spurrier.

The Gators announced Thursday it will rename Florida Field to Steve Spurrier-Florida Field at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium after its Heisman Trophy-winning quarterback and national championship-winning coach.

Spurrier played for the Gators from 1963-66, throwing for 4,848 yards with 37 touchdowns en route to the ’66 Heisman. After a solid pro career, the man who would become the Head Ball Coach worked his way back to his alma mater.

Returning in 1990, Spurrier went 122-27-1 in his 12 seasons with eight SEC East titles, six SEC championships, 10 top-10 finishes and a national championship in 1996.

(Can we offer one gripe here? We can, right?)

The official name of the patch of grass where Florida plays football is now 58 characters long. It’s not as if they’d be removing some dignitaries name from the facade, so why couldn’t the Gators have knocked the “Florida Field” off the moniker?

Ah, hell. Maybe it’s a good thing Spurrier has to share the limelight with the rest of the state. Otherwise he might’ve gotten cocky.

Arizona State hires Beau Baldwin as offensive coordinator

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TEMPE, Ariz. — Arizona State has hired former Cal Poly head coach Beau Baldwin as its next offensive coordinator.

The school announced Baldwin’s hiring of new coach Kenny Dillingham‘s staff a week after he resigned at Cal Poly.

The 50-year-old Baldwin spent three seasons as the Mustangs’ head coach, going 4-21.

Baldwin previously served as California’s offensive coordinator for three years after a nine-year stint as Eastern Washington’s head coach. He went 85-32 at Eastern Washington and won the 2010 national championship with three trips to the FCS semifinals.

Baldwin also served as Central Washington’s head coach in 2007.

Stanford QB Tanner McKee declares for NFL draft

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STANFORD, Calif. – Stanford quarterback Tanner McKee is leaving school to enter the NFL draft.

McKee announced his decision on Thursday after a disappointing junior season on an overmatched Stanford team.

McKee completed 62% of his passes for 2,947 yards, 13 touchdowns and eight interceptions this season as Stanford went 3-9 for a second straight year.

Stanford will undergoing an overhaul with coach David Shaw stepping down after 12 seasons and several players expected to transfer.