Tennessee has found a new athletic director, just a few days after the old one left, hiring Danny White of the University of Central Florida, as relayed by KnoxNews.com.
“This is a big, big hire for Tennessee,” OutKick’s Clay Travis said. “It is a strong signal that the Volunteers are seeking a big-time coach.”
White has been at UCF since 2015. Before that, he was athletic director at Buffalo.
“He hired basketball coaches Bobby Hurley and Nate Oats at Buffalo. Hurley is now at Arizona State and Oats has Alabama rolling,” KnoxNews noted. “He also hired football coach Lance Leipold, who has Buffalo football established as a premier MAC program.”
The 2017 UCF football team finished 13-0 under current Nebraska coach Scott Frost.
Tennessee is replacing Phil Fulmer, who “retired” on Monday following recruiting violations involving the football program. These violations also cost head coach Jeremy Pruitt his job. The Volunteers finished 3-7 last season.
White reportedly signed a contract with UCF last March for about $1.1 million a year — making him the highest paid AD at a public school in Florida. So Tennessee clearly must be making it worth his while to leave.
White has strong bloodlines when it comes to college athletics. His dad, Kevin White, is the AD at Duke and his brother, Brian White, is the AD at Florida Atlantic. Another brother, Mike White, is the head basketball coach at Florida.