GAINESVILLE, Fla. — Sitting in his office last Friday afternoon, less than two weeks after hiring Dan Mullen as Florida’s new football coach, Gators athletic director Scott Stricklin reflected a bit on the process and its aftereffects.
Stricklin said he doesn’t usually feel stress in his job, but that monthlong coaching search was different.
“It was pretty stressful. You’re like in a cave. Even when you’re out in public you don’t feel normal,” he said.
From fans and reporters waiting at regional airports for Stricklin to de-board planes hoping to glean an update, to the frenzy of reports about one candidate or another, it was a high-spotlight task for an AD who arrived at Florida just a year earlier.
A large part of Stricklin’s stress, though, stemmed from his roots back home in Mississippi as he eventually decided the best move for Florida was to hire the coach who had transformed the football program at his alma mater Mississippi State.
Speaking with reporters after the news conference to introduce Mullen at Florida, Stricklin showed a tinge of emotion while mentioning the “personal price” for him that came with the hire.
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