Wanting to stay away from the big game hype around the Tennessee board, sources for Fightin’ Gators told us that Stricklin would be named Florida’s AD sometime early this week. Reports are surfacing everywhere that in fact the announcement should come on Tuesday.
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 Pavilion 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 includes 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.
The athletic budget for Mississippi State was approximately $75 million last year while Florida’s hovers around the $150 million mark and almost double. Stricklin should have a lot more to work with at Florida.
The Gators also compete in 21 sports and are annually the top program in the SEC for all-sports and top five to ten nationally.