Report: Louisiana Tech’s Michael White Is ‘Leading Candidate’ for Florida Job

Florida may have found the man that it wants to replace Billy Donovan. According to a Yahoo report, the Gators have targeted Louisiana Tech coach Michael White as a potential successor to the current Oklahoma City Thunder coach, and he could come in for an interview as soon as today.

The 38-year-old White is a Florida native who has spent the last four years at the helm of the Bulldogs’ program. In that time, he has guided the team to a 101-40 record with three straight appearances in the NIT.

Louisiana Tech basketball coach Michael White has emerged as the leading candidate to replace Billy Donovan at Florida, multiple sources have told Yahoo Sports.


A meeting between Florida athletic director Jeremy Foley and White could take place as soon as today, sources said.


The 38-year-old White, son of Duke athletic director Kevin White, has done extensive recruiting in Florida as an assistant at Mississippi and as head coach at Louisiana Tech. Last season’s Tech team included five players from Florida on the roster.


Similar to the style Donovan first employed at Florida, White coaches a fast-paced style, which could be seen as an important selling point to a fickle Florida basketball fan base. Louisiana Tech has ranked in the top 50 in Ken Pomeroy’s tempo statistics the past three years.