Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin removed all question as to his site, at least for a little, on Tuesday afternoon with this selfie.
Just finished speaking to sports admin class on @UF campus. Engaging group … they asked good questions! #GoGators pic.twitter.com/beihL2haUf – Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) November 14, 2017
Rumors have been swirling on public media that Stricklin was first headed to meet former Oregon head mentor and recent ESPN analyst Chip Kelly on Tuesday. Fans even identified a plane that was scheduled to visit from Gainesville to Windsor Locks, Connecticut on FlightAware.com. Windsor Locks is the located area of the airport often used by people planing a trip to ESPN headquarters. Of course, it’s unclear if Kelly was even at ESPN’s campus on Tuesday. Until he shared his selfie, it had been also unclear where Stricklin was this afternoon.
Stricklin has been having fun with Twitter through the entire whole process.
This rumor was posted on a note board Monday afternoon.
New Chip Kelly facts just posted in Alligator Alley by a reliable Rivals insider with 9000+ posts. #chipkelly #gators #uf pic.twitter.com/bzsO4Tk46e – BreakoutAnalyst (@BreakoutAnalyst) November 13, 2017
Stricklin responded to an answer compared to that tweet with a good nugget of his own.
There is a lot of awful (i.e. incorrect) facts out there, but that is a whole additional level of bad facts. – Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) November 13, 2017
He also fired this tweet off on Monday seeing that the Kelly rumors really started to heat up.
pic.twitter.com/SKMgRKOEa1 – Scott Stricklin (@ScottStricklin) November 13, 2017
And it’s not the first time Florida has used Twitter to at least somewhat control the concept. During the hiring method for former mentor Jim McElwain, reporters and lovers alike were able to track the activities of the University Athletic Association’s two non-public jets (that have since been blocked from monitoring) on FlightAware.
We’ve had incredibly productive conversations with Mentor McElwain and his wife Karen and those continue. – Gators Soccer (@GatorsFB) December 3, 2014
The very much publicized plane we are flying home over #Gators pic.twitter.com/PnFIIDhTFq – Gators Soccer (@GatorsFB) December 3, 2014
Kelly’s the fever imagine many Florida lovers for just one reason: offense.
Kelly is the No. 1 applicant of frustrated Florida lovers, 2010-present and in addition Alligator Army’s all-time Florida wide receivers mentor. His Oregon offenses revolutionized college football in ways very reminiscent of Spurrier’s offenses revolutionizing the SEC, and his Ducks had been cool and arrogant in ways that harkened back to Spurrier’s halcyon times, too. There are plenty of Florida fans who find Chip Kelly as a squatter Steve Spurrier with fewer visor tosses.
Whether Kelly will soon be ending up in Florida’s AD remains to be observed. But as of Tuesday at 3:47 p.m., Stricklin appeared to be in Gainesville.