Keep Foley and hire Spurrier

Published: Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, January 22, 2004 at 12:44 a.m.

Eloise Graham (Voice, Jan. 9) proposes a thought provoking scenario in suggesting that we fire Jeremy Foley and hire Steve Spurrier as our athletic director at the University of Florida.

Show Jeremy Foley the door? No way? Most sportswriters and broadcasters seem to rank him among the top five or six athletic directors in America. I think he is number one. He ought to be - we raised him professionally here at the University of Florida. He owes us at least ten more years of service to pay for his raising.

Let's make Spurrier a special ambassador for the university - or perhaps a special assistant to the president. Give him the authority to lobby the legislature, help with fund-raising, help promote (and possibly coach) both men's and women's athletics, and promote academic excellence. Wasn't he an Academic All-American?

Spurrier's job description should be simple. Let him do any dad-gummed thing he pleases to promote the university, He would do us proud. I'd be hard pressed to come up with anyone who loves this university more - or has done more for it than Spurrier as a student, athlete and member of the staff.

Certainly, the "old ball coach" would be an outstanding A.D., but tying him to that job would be like displaying a Bald Eagle in a gilded bird cage. Like the eagle, Spurrier needs the space and freedom to soar.

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