Former Ole Miss basketball star Michael White steps in as the Florida Gators new head coach, replacing the vacancy Billy Donovan left when he took the job as head coach of the Oklahoma City Thunder.
White had been leading Louisiana Tech the past four years with a record of 101-40. Prior to his stint with the Bulldogs of Louisiana Tech, White was an assistant under Andy Kennedy at Ole Miss from 2004 until 2011.
White is returning to the Southeastern Conference where he played point guard for the Rebels from 1995-1999 under Rob Evans.
His contract with the Gators is six years for 2 million per season.
“I have an incredible amount of respect for the University of Florida, and I am so excited to be a Gator,” White told Gatorzone.com, the school’s athletic website. “Not only is Florida home for me, but the tradition and success that the Gators have built make this an incredible opportunity. I know about the great home-court advantage in the O’Connell Center, which is a testament to the fans and the Rowdy Reptiles. There’s an unbelievable commitment to excellence athletically and academically at UF, and it starts with the leadership of Dr. Fuchs and Jeremy Foley. I look forward to returning to the SEC where I have a lot of great memories, and I can’t wait to create many more alongside The Gator Nation.”
Last season, White had a chance at a SEC coaching job at the University of Tennessee after coach Martin left for the University of California.
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