Former South Carolina football coach was honored Saturday as part of Tennessee’s annual spring game.
Spurrier was named the 2016 recipient of the Neyland Trophy. According to the University of Tennessee, “The Neyland Trophy is awarded annually by the Knoxville Quarterback Club to an outstanding man who has contributed greatly to intercollegiate athletics.”
Longtime national college football sportscaster Brent Musburger received the Lindsey Nelson Broadcasting Award from the Vols.
The award presentation was made at the East Tennessee Chapter of the National Football Foundation and Hall of Fame brunch at The Foundry in Knoxville. Spurrier and Musburger were then honored on the field during pregame ceremonies before Tennessee’s Orange & White Game.
Spurrier received mostly applause and cheers, with some boos, from the Neyland Stadium crowd.
Spurrier’s storied college football head coaching career included stops at Duke (1987-1989), Florida (1990-2001) and South Carolina (2005-2015), as he amassed an all-time record of 228-29-2, won seven conference championships (6 SEC, 1 ACC) and led the Gators to the 1996 National Championship.
The winningest coach in both Florida and South Carolina football history, Spurrier has won more games than any head coach in the SEC besides Alabama’s Paul “Bear” Bryant.