Florida Hires Michael White to Replace Billy Donovan

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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