Looking for the perfect Gator

Although Jeremy Foley is scheduled to leave his position at month’s end, Florida still hasn’t hired his replacement.  This, despite the fact that the school has been interviewing prospects most of the summer.  Why the delay?  Welp,

In conversations with people familiar with the matter, one potential issue has come up several times: Foley’s continued presence at Florida in an emeritus position. Essentially, some higher-profile athletics directors who might have been interested in the job aren’t sure about the dynamics of having Foley, who was credited for much of Florida’s athletics success during his 25-year run, right down the hall…

Florida remains focused on hiring a sitting athletics director, likely one within the Power Five.

I can think of at least one P5 sitting athletics director who’s accustomed to working with Foley right down the hall.


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28 responses to “Looking for the perfect Gator

  1. BarneyDawg

    Yessir, Greg McG is tanned, rested and ready for the challenge.


  2. heyberto

    It doesn’t seem they’re very interested in talking to him… I’m assuming we would’ve heard by now if they were going to or have interviewed him.


  3. Gaskilldawg

    Foley knows better than to do us such a huge favor.


  4. Aladawg

    Amen to that!


  5. Jt (the other one)

    I use to be a McG fan…but he slipped into the foolishness of cronyism quickly…so please oh please let this happen!!!!!


  6. Chi-town Dawg

    “I can think of at least one P5 sitting athletics director who’s accustomed to working with Foley right down the hall.”

    I laughed so hard that coffee came out of my nose!


  7. Russ

    Oh, please! Can’t either Florida or Tennessee hire McGoof?


  8. Bad M

    Can we get Dooley back? His record of hiring world class coaches in many sports was incredible. Baseball, tennis, swimming, equestrian, gymnastics, golf, and I’m sure many others, have been National Championship pipelines because of his hires and the foundations he laid.


  9. Dawgy1

    Steve Spurrier would take it except he can’t get his wife to leave Columbia.


    • Ben

      I don’t know if that’s true or not, but I’d imagine Columbia is a little bit nicer than Gainesville, so who can blame her?


    • Spurrier is already working as an “Ambassador” for the Gators and is in Gainesville. He said he attended practices for many different sports in his new role. He also made fun of Florida for only scoring 10 points (at the time of the interview) on a couple different occasions during the UMass game Saturday. I think he’s doing what he wants to do (um… nothing as best I can tell… except getting paid to be a Florida legend), and currently has a status greater than that of the AD in the fans’ minds. It would be foolish to give that up to become the AD.


  10. Cousin Eddie

    If only I had experience, I would be willing to do it. You think Muschump did them bad.


  11. I respectfully nominate Lochte. Nothing can better represent the gayturd nation.


  12. DawgPhan

    I would be truly thrilled if he headed back to florida.


  13. U P Reluctantly

    I’m hearing rumors that Saban wants to be an AD.


  14. Nacodog

    Please take him!


  15. Debby Balcer

    McGarity would be perfect.


  16. Dawg Stephen

    So apparently they need that 1 gator in ten thousand… Not a Hercules, more like Gatorles…. Now if you will all excuse me, we will be serving white cake in the parlor.


  17. Okefenokee Dawg

    Don’t know why some of you dislike the McG. I think he has handled the job perfectly. It was really hard to fire someone who was beloved by most of the Dawgnation. Who in their right mind would fire someone with a winning record? He did it and (crossing fingers) now we should see a step up in the right direction. All the scheduled games have been in favor of us winning the SEC East since he has been here and this year is no execption. LET FLORIDA SUFFER!!!


    • pumblechook114

      Not sure if serious, but I’ll bite…

      Let’s start with his athletic hires. Literally every single coach hired by McGarity has underperformed relative to their predecessor, often astoundingly so (most notably baseball and women’s gymnastics). As far as the firing of Richt and hiring of Kirby, it was the worst kept secret in the history of coaching searches that his hand was forced by the President and big money boosters on both. Yet he still felt the need to spend thousands of dollars on a search firm to keep up the illusion that the search was ‘wide open’ after the information sieve that was Butts Mehre had been leaking details of negotiations with Jimmy Sexton for days prior. And let’s not forget that those same information leaks had him fingering Dan Mullen, who’s team just lost to a 29 point underdog, as his favorite for coach.

      And just off the top of my head, here are some other things in the McGarity highlight reel:

      His continued insistence that the firing of Richt was a mutual agreement.

      His mismanagement of the Todd Gurley autograph situation (and indeed most any situation involving the NCAA, including Baherle).

      His disastrous interview with Mark Bradley on Richt’s future.

      The obsession with padding the reserve fund while simultaneously enjoying record windfalls from TV money and sucking donors dry with increased costs on everything. Meanwhile, Georgia’s facilities consistently lag behind powerhouses such as Kentucky and basics of the fan experience at Sanford like reasonable wait times at concessions and clean bathrooms go ignored year after year.

      And that’s just off the top of my head.


  18. lakedawg

    Believe Okefnokee is living to close to the gators😇


  19. Macallanlover

    Top 1% of the top 1%, you can bet on that…..book it, Dano!