Sep 17, 2016; Gainesville, FL, USA; Florida Gators athletic director Jeremy Foley during the second half against the North Texas Mean Green at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Florida Gators defeated the North Texas Mean Green 32-0. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Jeremy Foley’s First Few Days of Retirement

There’s no denying that Jeremy Foley’s exit was anything but easy. The former athletic director was scheduled to leave the Gators on Oct.1, but when unplanned circumstances occurred, he decided to stay another month, as if leaving wouldn’t be hard enough.

Monday Nov.1 marked the day that the new AD took over and Foley’s retirement officially went into effect.  However, Foley still made time to call into ESPN Gainesville’s The Tailgate about his retirement.

Looking Back

Foley said that he is very happy he stayed another month to get things in order after the chaos of Hurricane Hermine and Matthew. The effects of Matthew were much more problematic. The hurricane forced Florida to move the regularly schedule home game against LSU to Nov.19 in Baton Rouge. Foley said that he has no doubt that new AD Scott Stricklin could have handled the ordeal, but he said he shouldn’t have had to.

Plans During Retirement

On the bright side, Foley has some pretty big plans to occupy his free time. Some of the items on Foley’s bucket list include:

  • Visiting his home in Vermont
  • Taking a trip to Italy
  • Attend more live music events
  • Spend more time with friends, family and his dog
  • Watch the Gators compete

Despite his list of goals, Foley said that he can’t go too far because the Gators are a part of him. He said that he couldn’t imagine not attending a game in the O’Dome when the Gators take on Kentucky. Although Foley has decided to move on, he said that the Gators are a part of who he is.

Foley said that the Gators are in good hands with Scott Stricklin at the helm.

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