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July 2002

July 2002


The Problem with Legends? Replacing Them.

by: Richard Scott
© July 2002

On the day he was officially announced as Floridaís new head football coach, Ron Zook made his point loud and clear.

In fact, he made his point repeatedly. Eleven times, to be exact, but then whose paying attention? If youíre Zook, only everybody.

ďI am not Coach Spurrier. I am not going to be Coach Spurrier,Ē Zook said.

Get the point? Ron Zook isnít Steve Spurrier. He isnít the most successful head coach in the history of Gator football. He didnít win a Heisman Trophy for the Gators. He didnít lead the Gators to six SEC championships and a national championship. He didnít transform the conservative SEC into one of the most exciting conferences in the nation. He just gets to follow the man who did. Let the second guessing begin, though Zook is unfazed.

ďI have to be Ron Zook,Ē Zook said. ďThatís....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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