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Steve Spurrier named head coach in new pro football league

South Carolina coach Steve Spurrier motions to his team from the sideline during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Georgia on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015, in Athens, Ga. (AP Photo/John Bazemore)

COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - Steve Spurrier is returning to the sidelines soon to coach football.

The former South Carolina Gamecock head coach and Heisman Trophy winner has been named head coach of the Orlando team of the newly founded Alliance of American Football League.

The new pro league is set to start next February and will feature eight teams. The 12-week season will finish with a championship game on April 26 in 2019.

“The Alliance offers a unique opportunity to get back into coaching, this time for a spring season, and work closely with hungry, talented athletes looking to begin, revive or extend their professional careers," said Spurrier, in a statement on the team's official website. "The fact I can do this in Orlando makes it that much sweeter. I’m fired up and ready to go.”

Spurrier last coached in 2015 with the Gamecocks and left USC as the program's most winningest coach.

"We’re not just bringing professional football to town, we’re bringing the Head Ball Coach with us, a true Florida legend," said Charlie Ebersol, co-founder and CEO of The Alliance, in a press release on the team's website.


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