Florida extended an offer to Mississippi State athletic director, Scott Stricklin, for the same position with the Gators.
According to Michael Bonner of the Clarion-Ledger, Florida has offered the role of the university's athletic director to Scott Stricklin. Bonner cited sources when he said that Stricklin turned down an offer from Florida earlier this month, but Florida returned with a better offer within the past few days.
Stricklin has several ties to Mississippi State, so it won't be easy to pry him away. Stricklin is a graduate of Mississippi State and began his career with the Bulldogs in 1990 as a member of the media relations department. Florida does have leverage in terms of money, as it offered to double Stricklin's salary and boasts the sixth-ranked athletic budget in the country.
Stricklin, who became the AD in 2010, was named a 2015-2016 Under Armour Athletics Director of the Year winner along with three others from the Football Bowl Subdivision. Florida is seeking an athletic director to replace Jeremy Foley, who is retiring on October 1.