Jeremy Foley: 'I don't want a clean break from the Gators. Ever.'
GAINESVILLE - Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley said that he's retiring on good terms, with the Gators in good position, as he prepares to step away from the department he's led for the last quarter century.
"It's all good," Foley said Tuesday during his retirement news conference. "It's my call...
"You feel like it's a perfect time for a transition because things are going so well."
Foley said he will serve as a resource for UF as it prepares to hire his successor. He said he doesn't envision being involved in other parts of college athletics - don't expect to see him on future College Football Playoff selection committees.
UF plans to use an external consultant to help the national search for the Gators' next AD, president Kent Fuchs said. Former board of trustees member Manny Fernandez will lead the search process.
Foley said he is grateful for his 40 years in the department.
"I'm always going to be part of this institution..." Foley said. "I don't ever want a clean break from the Gators. Ever."
Fuchs said UF has already been contacted by several outside agencies, and he plans to do a truly national search to find the best candiate.
"If we could clone Jeremy Foley and subtract 20 years," Fuchs said, "that's who we'd hire."