Home / Gator Sports / Florida AD Jeremy Foley Looks Ahead to Football in 2014

Florida AD Jeremy Foley Looks Ahead to Football in 2014

2013 was an up and down year for Gator sports. Two teams, gymnastics and outdoor track and field, earned their second national championships in team history, while several other sports stayed in the national spotlight throughout the season.

However, the focus of Gator Nation come fall shifts towards the gridiron, and after an underwhelming 4-8 football season in which Florida failed to finish above .500 for the first time since 1979, longtime athletic director Jeremy Foley faced the challenges of steering the program back toward success and soothing the restless fan base.

“Last year was difficult for everyone that is involved with the Gator program—coaches, players, administrators, fans, students, you name it,” Foley said, speaking to ESPN 850 WRUF. “We’re not going to repeat that. Nobody wants to go through that again. We can’t go through that again.”

Foley, who has served as the AD for the University of Florida since 1992, has dealt with adversity on the football field before. The Gators have been held to eight wins or less five times in the last decade, but the fan support has been largely unwavering.

“We want our fans to come out there and continue to support us. Last year was obviously the most difficult season any of us can remember, and our fans did not let us down. The environment was special. Were there some empty seats? Yeah, but that’s a phenomenon not solely related to losing,” Foley said.

The Gator coaching staff has undergone numerous changes in the offseason, starting with the dismissal of Brent Pease as offensive coordinator. Former Duke offensive coordinator Kurt Roper was lured away from David Cutcliffe’s staff to take over the reins of Florida’s offense, assisted by new offensive line coach Mike Summers and special teams coordinator Coleman Hutzler. Florida football is in need of a quick rebound, and Foley believes this staff can bring about the necessary alteration of approach.

“It’s time for us to step up. I think Coach Muschamp has made the changes he needed with his staff. I’m very excited about having the new people on board,” he said. “I think there’s going to be a change in attitude. We’re not a 4-8 program, and that’s not who we’re going to be. We’re going to see something different next fall.”

Speculation over Will Muschamp’s future as head coach hovered over the final games of the 2013 season, and although the stakes are higher for the team and those who coach it, Foley says there is no magic number in place for Muschamp and company to secure or lose their jobs.

“In 22 years of being athletic director, I’ve never told a coach how many games he or she has to win,” Foley claimed. “That’s just the truth. I never told them they have to win a championship, but we’d better be headed in the right direction.”

Florida football is not the only UF sport undergoing changes. Indoor track and field has shined in recent years, highlighted by a string of three consecutive national titles by the men’s team from 2010—2012. However, with a string of changes in place to revamp the O’Dome, indoor track will no longer be a fixture at the venue.

“Once the O’Connell Center gets renovated, there will be no indoor track in there. Obviously, we’re totally gutting the inside of that building,” Foley said. “We’re going to move the seats closer to the floor, we want to have an actual concourse where you can walk around the stadium and have concession stand and restrooms. There will be no more [indoor track meets] in the O’Connell Center once the renovation is complete.”

Florida will continue to host outdoor track events at Percy Beard Track at James G. Pressly Stadium.

UF baseball fans have clamored for facility changes, seeking refuge from the distracting and uncomfortable sun. Although a cooler environment would be ideal, McKethan Stadium’s location makes taking the sun out of the equation impossible.

“The thing a lot of folks don’t realize is that the way our field is situated is different from a lot of fields. To put a cover on it would be difficult. You’d have to cover the entire facility, which means you’d never be able to sit in the sun out there ever,” Foley said.

One month through 2014, the outlook for Gator sports seems bright, and athletic director Jeremy Foley is optimistic the year will hold even more in store than 2013.

To hear audio from Jeremy Foley, click below.

AD Jeremy Foley on Football Struggles
Jeremy Foley on Fan Support
Jeremy Foley on Staff Changes
Jeremy Foley on Muschamp’s Job Security
Jeremy Foley on the Future of Indoor Track
Jeremy Foley on McKethan Stadium

About Joel Sebastianelli

Check Also

Jan 23, 2016; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Southeastern conference commissioner Greg Sankey holds the College Football Playoff trophy with Alabama running back Derrick Henry (2) and head coach Nick Saban during a presentation to celebrate the victory in the CFP National Championship game at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

College Football Playoff Shakes Up Schedule

The College Football Playoff was a success in its first year. Yet, that doesn’t stop …

Apr 4, 2016; Houston, TX, USA; NBA former player Michael Jordan looks on during the first half between the Villanova Wildcats and the North Carolina Tar Heels in the championship game of the 2016 NCAA Men's Final Four at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Troy Taormina-USA TODAY Sports

Michael Jordan Speaks out about Shootings, Police Officers

NBA great Michael Jordan opened up about his thoughts about shootings of African-Americans and the …


Treon Harris to Transfer

With the college football season approaching, the Florida Gators have announced that former starting QB …

July 24, 2016; Los Angeles, CA, USA; USA guard Kevin Durant shoots against China in the first half during an exhibition basketball game at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Gary A. Vasquez-USA TODAY Sports

USA Basketball Wins Second Exhibition Game

Just a few short days after their big win over Argentina, team USA won its …


Charlotte Is No Longer The Home Of The 2017 NBA All-Star Game

The House Bill 2 came between Charlotte, North Carolina and the 2017 All-Star Game. The …

USA; Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Steven Souza Jr. (20) and catcher Luke Maile (46) and third baseman Evan Longoria (3) and second baseman Logan Forsythe (11) and second baseman Tim Beckham (1) Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Tampa Bay Rays Continue Series Against Oakland

The Tampa Bay Rays are continuing their three-game winning streak. The Rays defeated the Oakland …

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Preview Tonight

It’s summer time—the best time to go to a baseball game and experience the atmosphere. …

Jul 16, 2016; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Braves starting pitcher Mike Foltynewicz (26) throws a pitch against the Colorado Rockies in the fourth inning at Turner Field. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

Braves Begin Series With Rockies

The Atlanta Braves (33-62) open up a four-game road series with the Rockies (43-51) tonight …

Jul 19, 2016; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Miami Marlins relief pitcher A.J. Ramos (44) and catcher J.T. Realmuto (11) celebrate a win against the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park. The Marlins defeated the Phillies 2-1 in 10 innings. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins To Close Out Series With The Phillies

The Miami Marlins are in the middle of a crucial ten game span against NL East …

Jul 20, 2016; Denver, CO, USA; Tampa Bay Rays second baseman Tim Beckham (1) doubles in the ninth inning against the Colorado Rockies at Coors Field. The Rays defeated the Rockies 11-3. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-USA TODAY Sports

Rays Crush Rockies 11-3, Face A’s Next

In the midst of a terrible season that has seen the Tampa Bay Rays (37-57) …

Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

American League Second Half Outlook

The second half of the baseball season is in full swing which translates to? Pennant races. Teams …

Jul 19, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; San Francisco Giants relief pitcher George Kontos (70) hangs onto the ball after tagging out Boston Red Sox right fielder Mookie Betts (50) during the eighth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Winslow Townson-USA TODAY Sports

National League Evening Preview

Tonight is a busy night for the National League in the MLB. Starting with the …

Dec 31, 2015; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) throws against Clemson Tigers linebacker Ben Boulware (10) during the second quarter of the 2015 CFP semifinal at the Orange Bowl at Sun Life Stadium.  Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Big 12 Looks To Expand

Following a Tuesday meeting between Big 12 presidents, Oklahoma president David Boren announced that the …

Dec 29, 2015; Houston, TX, USA; LSU Tigers running back Leonard Fournette (7) holds the MVP Texas Bowl trophy after defeating the Texas Tech Red Raiders 56-27 at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas B. Shea-USA TODAY Sports

LSU Looks To Capitalize On Its Opportunity

The Louisiana State University Tigers will enter the 2016 college football season with high expectations, …

Jul 14, 2016; Hoover, AL, USA; South Carolina head coach Will Muschamp speaks to media during SEC media day at Hyatt Regency Birmingham-The Wynfrey Hotel. Mandatory Credit: Butch Dill-USA TODAY Sports

Muschamp Helps Close Out SEC Media Days 2016

It wasn’t Will Muschamps first SEC Media Days experience, but 2016 marked the first time …

Jul 14, 2016; Ayrshire,  SCT;Phil Mickelson (USA) hits his second shot from the 18th fairway  during the first round round of the 145th Open Championship golf tournament at Royal Troon Golf Club - Old Course. Mandatory Credit: Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

Phil Mickelson Leads British Open After First Day

The 145th annual 2016 British Open is underway at Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland. The …


Missouri’s Football Crisis: Rebuilding A Program

On the final day of SEC Media Days, Barry Odom took the stand as Missouri’s head …

Jul 10, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Tampa Bay Rays shortstop Brad Miller (13) bats during the sixth inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Second Half Of MLB Season Begins

The All-Star Break is a good time for teams to rest up and reform themselves …

Jul 12, 2016; Ayrshire, SCT; Jason Day plays from the 3rd tee during a practice round for the 145th Open Championship golf tournament at Royal Troon Golf Club - Old Course. Mandatory Credit: Steve Flynn-USA TODAY Sports

British Open Underway

The 145th Open Championship is already underway at the Royal Troon Golf Club in Scotland. Welcome …

Oct 24, 2015; Fayetteville, AR, USA; Arkansas Razorbacks quarterback Brandon Allen (10) runs the ball against the Auburn Tigers during the second half at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports

SEC Preview: Arkansas travels to Auburn

The Arkansas Razorbacks and Auburn Tigers will face off at Jordan-Hare Stadium this Saturday in …