Florida joined the list of football programs in search of a new coach after it parted ways with Jim McElwain in October.
A search brings a lot of rumors flying around and a short list of names of coaches who could be the next to lead the Gators.
It also means the school itself spending a lot of time swatting away rumors, which potentially could hurt talks or contract negotiations with whomever they’re actually pursuing.
Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin, a pretty active Twitter user, did just that on Thursday afternoon after a rumor popped up from a radio show host in Houston.
Public Service Announcement pic.twitter.com/VRsG77U2qE
— Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) November 9, 2017
Here is the original tweet about the rumor.
From a very reliable source. UF has reached out to representatives of Bob Stoops, Chip Kelly, and Charlie Strong to gauge interest in becoming the #Gators next head coach. These are believed to be UF's top choices.
— Marc Ryan (@MarcRyanOnAir) November 9, 2017
While Florida might very well be pursuing the names mentioned, it’s nothing Florida would ever admit to the public as Stricklin showed. Central Florida coach Scott Frost was another whose name popped up recently.
Regardless of who the rumor is about, kudos to Stricklin for the manner in which he got the message across. At least he’s trying to stomp out rumors instead of letting them fester in the media, and he should get extra points for being poetic about it.