UF rewards White with raise, contract extension

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Florida coach Mike White has a loaded roster. [Brad McClenny/The Gainesville Sun]

On the day Mike White started practice for his fifth season as Florida’s basketball coach, the University Athletic Association released a new contract that includes a raise and an extension.

White’s new two-year extension, which was signed in May, makes the length of the contract run through April of 2025.

The total value of White’s yearly contract is now $3,011,823, up from $2,712,500.

The overall value of the seven-year deal is $21,082,758. Should White leave Florida for another job, he would have to pay $250,000 a year for the remaining length of the deal.

White was hired as the UF coach May 7, 2015, to replace Billy Donovan, the most successful coach in Florida history. Donovan left for the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA.

The 42-year-old White has a record of 89-53 in his first four seasons as the Gators coach, 43-29 in SEC play. He has taken UF to three consecutive NCAA tournaments, reaching the Elite Eight in 2017 and recorded five wins in the tournament.

The Gators are expected to be ranked in the top 10 in the preseason polls with a roster that includes the No. 8-ranked recruiting class this year and the top grad transfer in Kerry Blackshear Jr.

White has signed three 5-star players in the last two seasons.

4 COMMENTS

  1. This year, Gator basketball should be very good–good enough to be a Final Four team. A lot depends on Nembhard–did he improve his shooting and set-up skills. This should NOT be a half-court offense. This should be a fast break team with a shoot quick mentality and play mano-mano defense and put on the full-court press on occasion.

  2. The Gators have enough talent to be good in both fast break and half-court offense. The latter will be much improved due to the talent we now have in the front court. How many times last year did we see Nembhard get the ball to the front court players only to come away with no points due to lack of any offensive skills to finish. What will make this team great is the talent and depth that we have not had in a very long time. I am super excited for the season to start. Go Gators.

  3. I have full confidence that Coach White and his assistants with continue the Florida legacy that was built by our beloved Billy Donovan. Coach White will put his own stamp on this team – the newe recruits are very talented, and under Coach White’s direction, will develop the develop the discipline and teamwork skills it takes to be a championship calibre basketablle team. GO GATORS!!!