Gators have strategy for replacing Jeremy Foley


Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley will retire in October after leading Gators athletics for 25 years. He stood watch over back-to-back national championships for basketball, three national championships in football and hired coaches like Billy Donovan, Kevin O'Sullivan (soccer) and Becky Burleigh (soccer).

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It was announced on Wednesday that an eight-person search committee to find the replacement for Foley. The committee will be led by Manny Fernandez --- a former Florida trustee. President Kent Fuchs has full confidence in the committee and Fernandez to find a new AD before October 1.

"It is important that we identify a slate of qualified candidates who can build on the UAA's [University Athletic Association] previous successes," said Fuchs in the school's release. "I am confident the search committee, under the capable leadership of Manny Fernandez, will help us identify the very best."


On Foley's watch, the Gators won a total of 27 national titles in several different sports including soccer, men's and women's track and field as well as softball.


[h/t Saturday Down South]