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Spurrier receives Davey O'Brien Legends Award
The Davey O'Brien Legends Award, which was established in 2001 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Davey O'Brien Foundation, recognizes a college or professional quarterback who has made a significant contribution to the game of football.
Spurrier was not available for the pre-dinner news conference. His flight was delayed and he arrived at the Fort Worth Club around 6 p.m.
The 1966 Heisman Trophy winner was introduced by his former Florida Gators quarterback Danny Wuerffel, a two-time O'Brien winner and the 1996 Heisman winner.
'Winning an award like this makes you look back and see how fortunate you've been,' Spurrier said. 'A lot of coaching is being in the right place at the right time and getting some good ball players with you.'
Spurrier is recognized as the architect behind the widely used no-huddle offense and three-receiver set formation, both of which became integral parts of the modern offensive game strategy.
In 1967, Spurrier was drafted in the first round by the NFL's San Francisco 49ers. During his nine-year NFL career, Spurrier threw 597 completions, 6,878 yards and 40 touchdowns.
During his 12-year coaching career with the Gators, Spurrier earned seven SEC championships, one national title, and was named SEC coach of the year five times.
Previous winners are: Roger Staubach, 2001; Bart Starr, 2002; Terry Bradshaw, 2003; Archie Manning, 2004; Len Dawson, 2005; and Paul Hornung, 2006.
Ron Cooper will stay put. USC's secondary coach interviewed last week for the defensive coordinator's post at North Carolina. But the Tar Heels hired Minnesota defensive coordinator Everett Withers, Gophers coach Tim Brewster announced Monday.
Attempts to reach Cooper on Monday were unsuccessful.
Withers, a Charlotte native and Appalachian State graduate, was the Tennessee Titans' defensive backs coach from 2001-06. In Withers' first year at Minnesota, the Gophers ranked last in the nation in total defense, allowing 518.7 yards a game while posting a 1-11 record.
The 46-year-old Cooper and recruiting coordinator David Reaves are the lone holdovers from the Lou Holtz era on Steve Spurrier's staff.
-- Joseph Person
This report contains information from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram
Knight’s hiring would gain an enormous amount of national publicity and attention for USC. It would be short-lived. Once his first season began, the spotlight would shine instead on his tiffs with the media or officials or anyone else who questioned his ways.
Knight retired with more wins (902) than any coach in college basketball history. His Indiana teams won three national championships. Unfortunately, his legendary status was tarnished even in the state of Indiana, where he gained most of his acclaim. He was unceremoniously booted out the door following a string of incidents the university finally said it would not tolerate.
USC no longer needs the kind of attention that Knight offers a program. Now, if someone could pass that word along to Dick Vitale. Then maybe he would stop talking about something that is NOT going to happen.
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