Scott Stricklin’s time in Starkville is finished.
It was announced on September 27 that Scott Stricklin would take over as Florida’s next athletic director. He began as Mississippi State’s AD in 2007, but signed a six year-deal worth $1.076 million with the Gators.
Stricklin will take over for longtime Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley on Nov. 1 as the Bulldogs AD search continues.
While detailing some of his time with the Bulldogs, the former Mississippi State director of athletics thanked the “Bulldog Family” on Tuesday via Twitter:
Dear Bulldog Family,
This is a letter I have put off writing for the last few weeks, because saying goodbye is always difficult. And, since my diploma will always have “Mississippi State University” written across the top of it, ‘goodbye’ doesn’t really seem appropriate. This campus, this town, this state, will always be home to me.
So this isn’t farewell, this is ‘thank you.’ Thanks to each of you for all you’ve done to support the Bulldogs. On a personal level, thanks to those of you who have sent me letters, emails, texts and tweets these last week few weeks, we well to those who have walked up to me and shaken my hand. Being the athletic director at MSU has been an honor and a pleasure in every way, and this is in large part due to ever Bulldog student, coach, staff member, alumni and fan.
The MSU Athletic Department is full of talented and hard-working individuals who are making this place better every day. Every outcome may not be perfects, and there may be some bumps in the road, but I encourage you to continue to support our athletes and coaches through good days and bade, through think and thin.
Mississippi State Athletics has accomplished some remarkable things these past few years, and each of you were a part of that. You’ve done everything asked of you, from joining the Bulldog Club and buying season tickets, to Ringing Responsibility and waeting Maroon on Fridays. And together, we’ve seen out Bulldogs achieve unprecedented success.
Most of us can remember a time when Mississippi State was defined by our limitations rather than our ambitions. However, the lesson of these last several years is clear … that when Mississippi State people come together behind an uncommon mission, anything is possible. It’s possible at Mississippi State to have a football program that consistently goes to bowl games and takes it turn among the nation’s elite; to have a baseball program that continues to compete for and win championships; to have women’s sports that prove MSU’s commitment to gender equity by winning and doing so in a manner that makes us proud; to have have stadiums and arenas that are filled with Bulldogs who “don’t stop believing.”
Like many of you, I will now use the education and training I received from MSU to continue my professional career. And, like all of you, Mississippi State will continue to be an important part of my life, regardless of where my journey takes me.
I’m convinced the best days of this great institution lie ahead. As a Bulldog, I can’t wait to see what the future holds.
Hail State Always,
Shortly after the tweet was posted, former Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott tweeted his thanks to Stricklin:
— Dak Prescott (@dak) October 25, 2016