Becoming the Bandits Head Coach
Back in 1983, John Bassett, owner of the team, searched for a head coach to lead his team to victory.
At the time, Spurrier worked for Duke University as the Offensive Coordinator. His offense ranked fourth in the nation, and Duke’s team started to attract national attention. As a result, Spurrier caught the attention of Tom McEwen and who told Bassett that he should look into hiring Spurrier.
Originally, Bassett wanted to hire Spurrier as the Offensive Coordinator, but he declined the offer. He told Bassett that he already held that title at Duke, but if he wanted him to move he needed the title of head ball coach.
In the end, Bassett hired Spurrier as the head coach.
At the start of the season, people’s outlook on the team was not good. However, Spurrier and his team started the season 4-0 and became Tampa Bay’s favorite team. His team included quarterback John Reeves and running back Gary Anderson.
In their second season, Spurrier said he believed they played the best and coached the best offense he has ever had. They ended the season 14-4.
After the league came to an end in 1985, Spurrier said he felt very grateful for them allowing him the opportunity to be a head coach. This opportunity allowed him to head coach for the next 31 years.
Thoughts on the USFL Comeback
This league gives men that want to play professional football a chance. It also gave coaches and players out of work the ability to gain experience.
For the leagues to stay in business, they need individual ownership like USFL. Not only does individual ownership need to happen, but salary caps need to be put in place as well.