Bill Carr DEAD; remains to be spread over the Suwannee River

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Former Florida athletic director Bill Carr, an All-America center and team captain for the Gators in 1966, died Saturday night. He was 78.

The university confirmed Carr's death Sunday.

Carr was the school's AD for seven years (1979-1986). He left voluntarily and served as the executive director of a youth advocacy group and as vice president at Raycom Sports before returning to college athletics as Houston's AD in 1993.

Carr was born in Gainesville and spent time in Vero Beach and Pensacola before returning to his hometown for college. He was a three-year starter for the Gators and was Steve Spurrier's roommate as a senior.

"I was fortunate to see him just a couple of weeks ago, and he was battling some health issues," Spurrier said in a statement. "His teammates called him 'Willie C,' and he loved the school and everyone around him. We loved him back and all of us have so many wonderful memories of Bill."

Carr was a fourth-round draft pick (106th overall) by the New Orleans Saints in 1967. He left the Saints later that year to fulfill his military service obligation. He spent two years in the Army and served in the Seventh Infantry Division in Korea. He returned to the Saints after serving and was cut following the preseason.

Carr moved back to Florida in 1970 to serve as a graduate assistant for the football team while earning a master's degree in education. In 1974, he became an assistant to Florida AD Ray Graves. When Graves retired in 1979, Carr was promoted and became the youngest AD in Division I at the time.

He's credited with helping lead Florida's athletic department out of debt and spearheading the construction of the school's basketball facility as well as an expansion of the football stadium.

"Bill's fingerprints are all over the foundation of this program," former Florida AD Jeremy Foley said. "I had a front-row seat to witness his impact and vision during his time as athletic director, especially in the area of facilities.

"He was one of my first mentors and had a huge impact on my career."

SPurriers Center and All American.
 

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Pensacola boy made good. Oh, 10 and 1 is his most famous response to a question.
 

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He led us through momentous and tumultuous years, often criticized as ADs inevitably are, but a great Gator and man.

God bless and keep him and comfort all who mourn his loss.
 

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"Bill's fingerprints are all over the foundation of this program," former Florida AD Jeremy Foley said. "I had a front-row seat to witness his impact and vision during his time as athletic director, especially in the area of facilities. He was one of my first mentors and had a huge impact on my career."
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I was almost afraid to open for fear I'd read what I did. I'm a big Bill Carr fan. He was the last home-grown AD who actually played football. Great guy, great AD, a very sad day for all Gators. RIP.
 

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As an addendum, Carr hired Pell, oversaw a massive overhaul of Florida Field, the opening of the O'Dome and helped usher in an immensely prosperous period for UF football. He knew what the eff he was doing.
 

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As an addendum, Carr hired Pell, oversaw a massive overhaul of Florida Field, the opening of the O'Dome and helped usher in an immensely prosperous period for UF football. He knew what the eff he was doing.

Also completely revamped how the athletic department raised money, creating an increase of funds to allow for projects to happen.
 

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Carr was a fourth-round draft pick (106th overall) by the New Orleans Saints in 1967. He left the Saints later that year to fulfill his military service obligation. He spent two years in the Army and served in the Seventh Infantry Division in Korea. He returned to the Saints after serving and was cut following the preseason.

Carr moved back to Florida in 1970 to serve as a graduate assistant for the football team while earning a master's degree in education. In 1974, he became an assistant to Florida AD Ray Graves. When Graves retired in 1979, Carr was promoted and became the youngest AD in Division I at the time.

RIP Willie C. The above is what a college scholarship was intended to produce. Committed, successful, responsible adults contributing to society at the highest level.

Fxxk the idiots who are only in it for themselves and a shot at "the league"
 

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Snapped the ball to quarterback Steve Spurrier. Made All-SEC and All-American. Can you remember when SEC centers were that size? True grit and determination. Named UF AD at age 33. There may have been equals in UF folklore but no one was more Gator than Bill Carr.
 

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He went to my church, in Gainesville, in the late 70's.

One time, around '77 or '78, I was standing on Florida Field during a break from class. He recognized me and walked over and we chatted.
He motioned toward the south end zone bleachers and said, 'one day we are going to bowl all that in'.
 

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Met him once at a game about 5 years ago. We both sat at the same table in the bull gator deck to eat. I was using a friend’s tix. We talked about Gator sports and Gainesville changes through halftime. He seemed to be a very genuine and good guy. Just a pleasure to speak with.
 

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