Florida has officially tabbed Michael White as their new head basketball coach.
“I have an incredible amount of respect for the University of Florida, and I am so excited to be a Gator,” White said. “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.”
There are reports surfacing that Louisiana Tech head coach Mike White is emerging as the frontrunner for the Florida job after Bill Donovan bolted for the Oklahoma City Thunder job last week.
More from Gary Parrish of CBSSports.com:
Louisiana Tech’s Michael White is now considered the frontrunner to be the next head coach at Florida, a source confirmed to CBSSports.com on Thursday.
Yahoo Sports reported this development earlier Thursday.
White, who CBSSports.com’s Matt Norlander tabbed as a candidate last week, is the son of Duke athletic director Kevin White. He has a 101-40 record in four seasons at Louisiana Tech, but has not reached the NCAA Tournament. The 38-year-old is originally from Florida.
With ties to the Florida area, White is a logical candidate. But is he “good” enough for the Florida faithful? Considering that athletic director Jeremy Foley said he would not place a timeline on replacing Donovan, this could be a smokescreen.
A lot of Gator fans want Archie Miller, who is having a great run at Dayton and who took his Flyers to the Elite Eight in 2013.
Last year with Louisiana Tech, White guided the Bulldogs to a 27-9 record. He has now taken the Bulldogs to three straight NIT appearances, while winning at least 27 games in each of his last three seasons.