Florida joined the list of programs in search of a new head coach after it parted ways with Jim McElwain.
A search brings a lot of rumors flying around and a short list of names who could be the next Gators’ head coach.
It also means the school itself spending a lot of time swatting away rumors, which could potentially hurt talks or contract negotiations with whomever they’re actually going after.
Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin, a pretty active Twitter user, did just that on Thursday afternoon after a rumor popped up from a radio show host out of Houston.
Public Service Announcement pic.twitter.com/VRsG77U2qE
— Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) November 9, 2017
Here is the original tweet about the rumor.
From a very reliable source. UF has reached out to representatives of Bob Stoops, Chip Kelly, and Charlie Strong to gauge interest in becoming the #Gators next head coach. These are believed to be UF's top choices.
— Marc Ryan (@MarcRyanOnAir) November 9, 2017
While Florida might very well be pursuing the names mentioned, it’s nothing Florida would ever admit publically as Stricklin showed. UCF coach Scott Frost was another name that popped up recently.
Regardless of whom the rumor is about, kudos to Stricklin for the manner in which he got the message accross. At least he’s trying to stomp out rumors instead of letting them fester in the media, he should get extra points for being poetic about it.
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