by Tom Morgan
Scott Stricklin is the new athletic director at the University of Florida.
Stricklin said at his introductory press conference on Tuesday that this is the only job he would leave his alma mater Mississippi State for.
Stricklin replaces Jeremy Foley, who is retiring but will remain on the job for another month.
Foley had been scheduled to retire Saturday after 40 years with the Gators, including the last 25 as athletic director. He now will remain in place until Nov. 1, creating extra time for a changeover.
Stricklin had been the AD at MSU since 2010.
The University Athletic Association voted unanimously Tuesday to approve the hire.
In other state sports news....
- One day after an emotional win over New York, the Miami Marlins fell to the Mets 12-1 on Tuesday night. Jay Bruce and Yoenis Cespedes each hit their 31st home runs of the season as the Mets pounded out 19 hits in the victory. The victory kep the Mets a half-game ahead of San Francisco for the first NL wild-card berth. Noah Syndergaard looked good over six innings, giving up a run and five hits with no walks and eight strikeouts. Tom Koehler took the loss for the Marlins. He's now 9-13.
- A few Marlins players are counting their blessings after skipping a deadly boat ride with late teammate Jose Fernandez. Outfielder Marcell Ozuna says he and several other teammates turned down an invitation to go and also tried to talk Fernandez out of going. The 24-year-old pitcher was one of three men killed in the late-night boating excursion off South Beach early Sunday morning.
- Former Florida Gulf Coast University pitcher Chris Sale won his 17th of the season as the Chicago White Sox clobbered the Tampa Bay Rays 13-6. Sale held the Rays to three runs over seven innings. Alex Cobb was roughed up for 8 hits and 8 runs in 3 innings to take the loss.
- The Orlando Magic are already dealing with an injury. Guard Elfrid Payton left yesterday's first training camp practice with a strained left hip flexor. The Magic will open up preseason play next Monday against the Grizzlies in Memphis.
- Former Gator great and current Mets minor league outfielder Tim Tebow had a pair of hits and scored a run in his final intrasquad game in Port St. Lucie on Tuesday. Tebow will play his first instructional league game today.
- Jacksonville Jaguars left tackle Kelvin Beachum has been cleared from the NFL's concussion protocol andwill practice Wednesday. He is likely to play against AFC South rival Indianapolis in London on Sunday.