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Report:  Florida offers AD job to MSU’s Stricklin

USA TODAY owned paper The Clarion-Ledger is reporting that Mississippi State Athletic Director Scott Stricklin has been offered the AD job at the University of Florida. According to the newspaper, Stricklin has already turned down the job once, but Florida is coming in with a better offer for round two.

Some believe that Stricklin has been the favorite all along to replace legendary AD Jeremy Foley at Florida. Foley, who some also believe is a big part of the outreach and selection for the A, would seem to be favorable on the traits that Stricklin brings to the table.

The recipient of the 2015-16 Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year Award by the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA), Stricklin is young and has a penchant for making facilities a priority. That is something the current administration has made a focal point in the last 12-15 months.

Recent upgrades of facilities at MSU where he graduated from include $11.7 million Mize Pavillion at the basketball facility, $25 million improvements to their football complex, and a $75 million expansion to the football stadium.  Softball and golf also started upgrades this year to the tune of $8,8 million. There is also a plan to upgrade the baseball facility for an estimated $40 million.

Florida is in the midst of a $107 million dollar upgrade which included the newly built football indoor practice facility major renovations to the O’Connell Center multi-purpose facility, and a new academic center for athletes on campus.

According to the Clarion-Ledger  report, the athletic budget for Mississippi State was approximately $75 million last year while the one at Florida hovers around the $150 million mark and almost double.  That has to be an influence on any decision made by Stricklin.

Maybe of more significance is Florida’s standing as an elite pverall program . The Gators have 21 sports that they participate in and are annually the top program in the SEC for all-sports and top five to ten nationally.

Stay tuned as we follow this story at Fightin’ Gators. 


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