AP source: Florida hires Stricklin as AD

Scott Stricklin, right, takes part in the senior day ceremony for MSU baseball last spring.
The Associated Press

Scott Stricklin is leaving his alma mater, Mississippi State, for one of the top jobs in college sports.
Florida hired Stricklin as its new athletic director Monday, according to a person familiar with the search. Stricklin replaces Jeremy Foley, one of the most tenured sports executives in the country. Foley is retiring Saturday after 40 years with the Gators, including the last 25 in charge of Florida's athletic program. The person spoke to The Associated Press on the condition of anonymity because Florida has an announcement and introductory news conference planned for Tuesday.
USA Today first reported Stricklin had been hired.
Stricklin is leaving Mississippi State after nearly a decade. Stricklin has been the Bulldogs' AD since 2010, and he has a background in fundraising, which will serve him well in Gainesville.
For more on Stricklin, see Tuesday and Wednesday's editions of The Starkville Daily News.