Florida hires Michael White to replace Billy Donovan as head coach

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Updated: May 7, 2015
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After watching Billy Donovan roam the sidelines for the past 19 seasons at Florida, Louisiana Tech‘s Michael White will now serve as his replacement.

The Gators have hired White to take over the program, in a deal that’s expected to be for six years worth roughly $12 million, according to Jeff Borzello of ESPN.

White has coached Louisiana Tech for the past four seasons, and compiled a total record of 101-40 — which is a .716 winning percentage.

There have been many schools interested in White over the years, including Tennessee, who was looking for a coach to replace Cuonzo Martin last spring. White decided to stay put, but couldn’t pass up an opportunity to coach at a school like Florida.

His teams play a fast-paced style, and at the age of 38 he is exactly what athletic director Jeremy Foley wanted — someone young enough to possibly lead the team for the next 10-plus years, as Donovan did.

Yahoo Sports’ Pat Forde reported earlier Thursday morning that a meeting between the two sides would take place, and Foley obviously was determined to close the deal.

Donovan led Florida to four Final Fours, two National Championship titles and 14 NCAA Tournament appearances. White will have huge shoes to fill, as he’s yet to make a tournament appearances himself — other than the NIT — but neither had Donovan when he was first brought in from Marshall.

I’m sure this is a hire that Foley is more than satisfied with, as Florida brings in a proven winner in White.

 

 

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Josiah Turner

Josiah Turner

Josiah is the founder and editor-in-chief at Sideline Sports Report. He is a writer for ESPN, and has written for Rant Sports and FanSided covering the Washington Redskins. He's also covered high school basketball for Virginia Preps (Rivals.com). Josiah is from Chesapeake, VA and a college graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University.

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