There always are going to be people who want to see Jeremy Foley fired. That’s because the Florida football team isn’t Alabama and Ohio State and USC and Florida State all rolled up into one unbeatable juggernaut. We’re not talking about reaching that monstrous level this year, either, but every year.
Remember when the Gators actually did rule the world, and in both major sports? During the three-year span from 2006-08, Florida won two national championships in football and two more in basketball, which is such a ridiculous level of achievement that Alabama and Ohio State and USC and FSU all rolled into one couldn’t pull it off, and that’s in combination with Duke and UCLA and UConn and Kansas and all those hoop hangouts, too.
Well, Foley’s taking a few hits these days and he’s punching back with a few new hires, Jim McElwain and Mike White, who will need a little time to gain some traction. Overall, the Gators are still tearing into the competition pretty good in all the sports that come without RV cities and $300, two-night-minimum hotel stays.
According to the Learfield Sports Directors Cup standings, which measure achievement in men’s and women’s sports across the board, Florida earned the No. 4 spot nationally this year with a pair of NCAA titles (gymnastics and softball) and 13 top-10 finishes in the other sports.
The Gators’ nearest misses were men’s track and field, a national runnerup in both the indoor and outdoor competitions, and baseball, which tied for third in the College World Series.
Altogether, this is the seventh-consecutive finish in Learfield’s national Top 10 for the Florida athletic program. Also, Florida’s media relations department reports that the Gators are the only program in the nation to win multiple national titles in each of the last six years.
Foley, the only AD in Div. I history to oversee multiple national championship title teams in football and men’s basketball, doesn’t get many brownie points for all of that when Gator Boosters gather to grumble about losing to Georgia Southern in football.
The Gators do live in the SEC, after all.
For anybody who cares about anything else, however, Florida continues to do a lot of things right, and Foley is the man in charge of that.
2014-15 Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup standings
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