Though many will consider him the Gators athletic director for life, October 31 marks the final official day in that role for long-time Florida AD Jeremy Foley.
On Tuesday, Nov. 1, former Mississippi State athletic director Scott Stricklin formally takes over the juggernaut that is Gators athletics.
In one of Foley’s final acts of a 40-year career with Florida athletics, he penned a farewell letter to Gators fans. After a preamble of thoughtful thank-yous to those who helped him along the way, Foley got to thanking the members of Gator Nation directly:
“I know I’ve said it many times over my career, but our success would not be possible without your support. You have changed the lives of many student athletes over the years who have competed at the highest level and grew academically and socially during their time at the University of Florida. Some of the most rewarding notes I have received since my retirement have come from former student athletes who talk about the impact we’ve had on their lives. That could not have been accomplished without you and your support. And for that, again, I thank you.”
Foley went on to encourage fans to support Stricklin, commenting that he takes “great comfort” in handing the athletic department over to “one of the bright young minds in collegiate athletics.”
The 63-year-old served as the Florida athletics director from 1992-2016.