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UF athletic director Scott Stricklin observes the Florida football team during its game against Eastern Washington Sunday, Oct. 2, 2022.

Stricklin to serve as bridge for athletics between Fuchs’ presidency, his successor

UF President Kent Fuchs was faced with the tough task of replacing one of the most decorated athletic directors in SEC history within his first two years at UF. Sen. Ben Sasse is currently in line to take over for Fuchs as he’s the sole candidate to be named president of the university. Sasse, or whoever becomes the next president, likely won’t have this same hurdle as Stricklin is set to be in charge for the foreseeable future. Stricklin’s set to work with the next university president as he’s under contract until 2027.

Clifford Taylor IV returns to Ben Hill Griffin Stadium after the Los Angeles Rams victory in Super Bowl 56

UF walk-on turned Super Bowl Champion: How Clifford Taylor IV made it

“There’s no Rams without the Florida Gators,” Taylor said.  Taylor, 22, walked on to the Florida football team in Summer 2019. He never saw any game time, but his determination and resilience proved to be his biggest asset. Taylor became the LA Rams social media and design specialist in June 2021 by having a knack for finding closed doors, knocking on them and getting an answer. 

Shahmir Memon, a 21-year-old business administration junior, receives a fresh cut on the Plaza of the Americas lawn on Friday, Jan. 14. From bathroom stalls to street corners, Ju-Ray Kuo, a 24-year-old applied physiology and kinesiology master's student at UF, has been giving free cuts throughout Gainesville for the past six years.

Ju-Ray Kuo: The basketball barber of Gainesville

  As the cheers of 10,000 Florida men’s basketball fans crescendo into a deafening roar, the quiet insight from their team manager rings loudest through the players’ heads. From the locker room bathrooms, Ju-Ray Kuo, an applied physiology and kinesiology masters student at UF, has become the unofficial barber of the Florida Gators men's basketball team — every returning player on the 15-player team has received a haircut from Kuo at least once. 

Clifford Taylor

Walk-on: The Clifford Taylor IV story

When people are asked to describe a close friend in a word, it’s common to find them gazing at the distance as their brain scrambles to find the appropriate response. The momentary lapse for thought, varying from Joy from Inside Out-like efficiency or workers in SpongeBob’s brain office scrambling through burning ruins, leads to mixed responses. 

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