GAINESVILLE (CBSMiami/AP) — Former Florida coach and athletic director Ray Graves, who helped the Gators reach national prominence in the 1960s, has died at 96.READ MORE: South Florida School Principal William Latson, Fired Over Holocaust Comments Goes To State Supreme Court
The school says Graves died early Friday in the Tampa area.
Former Florida coach Steve Spurrier, who won the 1966 Heisman Trophy under Graves, calls his college coach “a tremendous influence on my life.”READ MORE: Sports Car Wedged Under Big Rig In Miami Crash, Passenger Rescued
Spurrier says besides his parents Graves “had the biggest influenced on my life.” Spurrier spoke to Graves on Thursday and “had a chance to tell him I love him.”
Florida went 70-31-4 in 10 seasons under Graves, including a 9-1-1 mark in 1969.
Graves spent the next 20 years as the school’s athletic director, helping usher in the Title IX era and creating plans to build the O’Connell Center.MORE NEWS: AAA: Gas Prices Rise Across Florida As Oil Prices Surge; Average Price For Gallon Of Regular At $3.22
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