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Florida to hire Mississippi State AD Scott Stricklin

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Florida is expected to hire Mississippi State’s Scott Stricklin as its new athletics director reported by multiple sources on Monday.

Stricklin will be announced by Florida at a press conference on Tuesday, first reported by Dan Wolken of USA Today. It was reported that Stricklin was on Florida campus on Monday finalizing the deal, according to Wolken.

Stricklin, a 1992 Mississippi State graduate, became the AD in 2010 after returning to the athletic department in 2008.  He has generated more than $130 million in facility upgrades, including the Davis Wade Stadium expansions, the Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex and the Mize Pavilion at Humphrey Coliseum to name a few.  Also, there are plans for upgrades to Duby Noble Field at Mississippi State.

The Clarion Ledger reported earlier last week that Stricklin turned down the offer earlier this month, but Florida returned with a better offer. The deal is reported to be at least $1 million a year, but could be up to $1.4 million a year.  As Mississippi State AD, Stricklin made $500,000 a year.

Stricklin will take over for Florida athletics director, Jeremy Foley, who is scheduled to retire on October 1.

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