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Florida Hires Michael White as Head Basketball Coach

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That didn't take long, did it?

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The University of Florida has its new head basketball coach: Michael White, formerly of Louisiana Tech. The school put out a release, so here are some highlights:

White, the 2014-15 Conference USA Coach of the Year, comes to the Gators after leading Louisiana Tech to a 101-40 record (.716) over the past four seasons, including three straight conference championships. Born in Dunedin, Fla., White brings a wealth of SEC experience to the Gators, as a four-year starter at Ole Miss and later an assistant coach for seven seasons under two different head coaches on the Rebels’ bench. ...

White has agreed in principle to a six-year deal at an average of $2 million per year. ...

White brings to Florida a high-energy, fast-paced system that allows players to flourish. In four seasons at LA Tech, the Bulldogs averaged 74.2 points, 7.4 3-pointers made, 14.0 assists, 8.4 steals, 4.9 blocked shots and 16.1 turnovers forced (seventh in the nation during that span). ...

This aggressiveness is not confined to the offensive end of the floor, either. The Bulldogs have ranked in the top 10 nationally in steals each of the past two seasons, nabbing 303 (8th) in 2014-15 and 339 (4th) in 2013-14. LA Tech also finished 15th in the country last season with 15.6 turnovers forced per game and eighth in 2012-13, causing 17.4 per game.

White sounds a lot like a young Billy Donovan, albeit one from the southeast rather than the northeast. Although recent Florida teams played at easygoing tempos, Donovan's early teams played the uptempo offensive and pressing defensive style that came to be known as Billy Ball. I'm not sure that touting a lot of SEC experience is necessarily as big a positive in basketball as in football, but he at least would have some ties to the region.

We noted that the search to replace Donovan was likely to be short, and now White takes over less than a week after Billy D said his goodbyes. His first task will be to hold together the recruiting class, with KeVaughn Allen already leaning towards asking for a release from his LOI. After that, it'll be to mold the program in his image and not worry about trying to be Billy Donovan.