University of Florida officials have given Steve Spurrier until tomorrow to decide whether he wants to return to coach his alma mater, but a source close to the former Redskins coach said last night that he didn't think Spurrier would come back.

Spurrier, who led the Gators to six Southeastern Conference championships and the 1996 national title, is the overwhelming choice of Florida fans to replace Ron Zook, who was fired Monday.

The source said Spurrier changes his mind "hour to hour" and also is interested in a potential opening with the Miami Dolphins, where Coach Dave Wannstedt is under tremendous pressure. The source said Spurrier also is considering sitting out another season.

Florida Athletic Director Jeremy Foley last night denied contacting Spurrier about the vacancy.

Spurrier's relationship with Foley soured during the final weeks of the coach's 12-year tenure.

Spurrier was upset by a letter Foley sent to him in November 2001, after the coach accused Florida State defensive tackle Darnell Dockett of deliberately twisting the right knee of Gators tailback Earnest Graham.

In the letter, Foley demanded Spurrier refrain from making additional comments about Dockett.

Foley said he called the coach about once a week during Spurrier's two seasons with the Redskins, but the source said the Dockett incident "still bothers" Spurrier.

-- Mark Schlabach