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.
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