1984 Florida Gators football team
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, 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|
SEC champion (vacated)
|1984 record||9–1–1 (5–0–1 SEC)|
|Head coach||Charley Pell (6th year; first 3 games)|
Galen Hall (1st year; last 8 games)
|Offensive coordinator||Galen Hall (1st season)|
|Defensive coordinator||Joe Kines (4th season)|
|Home stadium||Florida Field|
|1984 SEC football standings|
|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|
|No. 19 Kentucky||3||–||3||–||0||9||–||3||–||0|
Rankings from AP Poll
|September 1||No. 10 Miami (FL)*||No. 17||ESPN||L 20–32||72,813|
|September 8||LSU||TBS||T 21–21||70,197|
|September 15||Tulane*||W 63–21||65,265|
|September 29||Mississippi State||W 27–12||68,186|
|October 6||Syracuse*||W 16–0||70,189|
|October 13||Tennessee||No. 18||W 43–30||94,016|
|October 20||Cincinnati*||No. 17||W 48–17||73,690|
|November 3||No. 11 Auburn||No. 13||ABC||W 24–3||74,397|
|November 10||No. 8 Georgia||No. 10||CBS||W 27–0||82,349|
|November 17||Kentucky||No. 5||TBS||W 25–17||52,823|
|December 1||No. 12 Florida State*||No. 3||ABC||W 27–17||58,930|
Primary source: 2015 Florida Gators Football Media Guide.
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.  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.
- University of Florida Sports Information Department. "Florida 1984 Football Guide" (PDF). floridagators.com. University Athletic Association, Inc. Retrieved 15 March 2018.
- 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.
- "Commentary : What's Florida's Problem? Give the Title Back". latimes.
- 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.