Spurrier to be honored as 'Great Floridian'

South Carolina coach and former Florida legend Steve Spurrier will receive an award on Thursday at the University of Florida.

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Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 4:12 a.m.
South Carolina coach and former Florida legend Steve Spurrier will be in Gainesville on Thursday to receive an award from Gov. Rick Scott. “I'm getting the Great Floridian Award from Gov. Rick Scott down in Gainesville tomorrow,” Spurrier said Wednesday at the SEC spring meetings in Sandestin. “It's a nice award. He's honoring about 15 or 18 people this year, Tim Tebow, General Schwarzkopf and Tony Dungy, I think.” The "Great Floridian" designation" is given in recognition of the outstanding achievements of men and women who have made significant contributions to the progress and welfare of Florida.

A total of 70 people have gotten the distinction since 1971. Spurrier, who will be honored by the governor in a ceremony on the University of Florida campus, won a Heisman Trophy with the Gators in 1966 before becoming head coach in 1990 and leading the UF football program to six conference championships and a national championship in 1996. The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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