Just two days after University of Florida AD Jeremy Foley said that longtime coach Billy Donovan’s replacement wouldn’t be hired until June, the Gators have a new hardwood general. According to Chris Harry of Gatorzone.com, the school has tabbed Louisiana Tech head coach Michael White as Donovan’s successor.
Born in Dunedin, Florida, White has gone 101-40 in four seasons with the Bulldogs and helped lead the team to three NITs in four years. His fast-paced offense had Louisiana Tech ranked 49th in the nation in scoring, so Gators fans should be excited since Donovan ran a similar offense in his 19 years with the team.
All in all, this is a great hire for Florida. White grew up in the world of college athletics as his father, Kevin White, is currently the AD at Duke and has held a myriad number of similar positions for programs like Notre Dame, Arizona State and Tulane.
On top of that, before he worked at Louisiana Tech, he spent over a decade as an assistant at Jacksonville State and Ole Miss, so he knows what it’s like to coach in the hyper-competitive SEC.
The long and short of it is that this is a great hire for Florida, and fans should no longer panic now that Donovan has made the jump to the NBA.
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