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The 1984 Florida Gators football team represented the University of Florida during the 1984 NCAA Division I-A football season. The season was Charley Pell's sixth and last as the head coach of the Florida Gators football team. Pell resigned after the third game of the season due to numerous NCAA violations committed by him and his staff over the previous few years. New offensive coordinator Galen Hall served as interim coach for the remainder of the season. After the Gators began the season as a 1–1–1 team under Pell, Hall's 1984 Florida Gators posted a 9–1–1 overall record and a Southeastern Conference (SEC) record of 5–0–1 (8–0 and 4–0, respectively, under Hall), finishing first among ten SEC teams,[2] and won their first-ever SEC title. Before then, the Gators had been one of only two charter SEC members (the other being Vanderbilt) to have never won the conference title. The Gators finished third in the Associated Press Poll and seventh in the Coaches Poll, and were also named national champions by twenty-two publications including The New York Times and The Sporting News.

1984 Florida Gators football
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SEC champion (vacated)
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
Ranking
CoachesNo. 7
APNo. 3
1984 record9–1–1 (5–0–1 SEC)
Head coachCharley Pell (6th year; first 3 games)
Galen Hall (1st year; last 8 games)
Offensive coordinatorGalen Hall (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorJoe Kines (4th season)
Home stadiumFlorida Field
(Capacity: 72,000)[1]
Seasons
← 1983
1985 →
1984 SEC football standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T     W   L   T
No. 3 Florida 5 0 1     9 1 1
No. 15 LSU $ 4 1 1     8 3 1
No. 14 Auburn 4 2 0     9 4 0
Georgia 4 2 0     7 4 1
No. 19 Kentucky 3 3 0     9 3 0
Tennessee 3 3 0     7 4 1
Alabama 2 4 0     5 6 0
Vanderbilt 2 4 0     5 6 0
Ole Miss 1 5 0     4 6 1
Mississippi State 1 5 0     4 7 0
  • $ – Conference champion
  • Florida was assessed a postseason ban following an NCAA investigation, and the SEC subsequently vacated any championship. The Sugar Bowl automatic bid for the conference champion was awarded to LSU. Under modern rules, LSU would be credited with the conference championship.
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

DateOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 1No. 10 Miami (FL)*No. 17ESPNL 20–3272,813
September 8LSUTBST 21–2170,197
September 15Tulane*
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, Florida
W 63–2165,265
September 29Mississippi State
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, Florida
W 27–1268,186
October 6Syracuse*
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, Florida
W 16–070,189
October 13TennesseeNo. 18W 43–3094,016
October 20Cincinnati*No. 17
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, Florida
W 48–1773,690
November 3No. 11 AuburnNo. 13
  • Florida Field
  • Gainesville, Florida
ABCW 24–374,397
November 10No. 8 GeorgiaNo. 10CBSW 27–082,349
November 17KentuckyNo. 5TBSW 25–1752,823
December 1No. 12 Florida State*No. 3ABCW 27–1758,930
  • *Non-conference game
  • Rankings from AP Poll released prior to the game

Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.[2]

PostseasonEdit

Despite winning the SEC title, the Gators were barred from going to the 1985 Sugar Bowl due to the violations committed under Pell; runner-up LSU went in their place. [3] On May 30, 1985, the presidents of the ten SEC-member universities voted 6–4 to vacate the Gators' 1984 SEC title and declared the team ineligible for the SEC championship during the upcoming 1985 and 1986 seasons because of the rule violations committed under Pell. The retroactive vacating of the 1984 championship, six months after the 1984 football season ended, drew an angry response from University of Florida president Marshall Criser, as well as Gators coaches, players and fans due to the retroactive nature of the decision and its perceived unfairness.[4]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ University of Florida Sports Information Department. "Florida 1984 Football Guide" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
  2. ^ a b 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide Archived 2015-12-08 at the Wayback Machine, University Athletic Association, Gainesville, Florida, p. 107 (2015). Retrieved August 16, 2015.
  3. ^ "Commentary : What's Florida's Problem? Give the Title Back". latimes.
  4. ^ Associated Press, "SEC Presidents swipe Florida of football title", Times Daily, p. 5B (May 31, 1985). See also "Gators Stripped of SEC Title", The Palm Beach Post, pp. A1 & A5 (May 31, 1985). Both retrieved May 5, 2011.