Scott Stricklin raised the bar in Starkville.
Now, it’s up to the Mississippi State University administration to find a replacement for its outgoing athletic director who can take it up another notch.
According to a news release from the university (and every university who has ever had such an opening), President Mark E. Keenum will conduct a national search for the job.
The new hire will be Mississippi State’s 17th athletic director. In the release, Keenum said he plans to move swiftly “to find an individual with the vision and leadership to meet high expectations for success at Mississippi State.”
Hugh Kellenberger of the Clarion-Ledger lauded Stricklin’s tenure in Starkville, saying he left the department in a better place than he found it. His direction on facility upgrades and his hiring of coaches, such as basketball coach Ben Howland, were consistent hits in a game where strikeouts can lead to one’s undoing.
Stricklin will reportedly double his salary.
Florida #Gators announce a six-year, $6.46 million deal for new AD Scott Stricklin ($1.076M per). Doubles his Mississippi State salary.
— Only Gators .com (@onlygators) September 27, 2016
As is usually the case, an executive firm will assist in the search.
As for replacements, here is our list from when Jeremy Foley’s job first became available.