Georgia has hired Mike White away from SEC rival Florida to be its next men's basketball coach, the program announced on Sunday. White, 45, will take over the Bulldogs after the program fired Tom Crean over the weekend following a 6-26 campaign that moved them to 47-75 in Crean's four seasons at the helm. CBS Sports' Matt Norlander reported the news of White's move earlier on Sunday.
White was hired by Florida as the replacement for two-time national champion Billy Donovan ahead of the 2015-16 season. White led the Gators to a 142-88 record with four NCAA Tournament appearances and one Elite Eight berth across seven seasons in Gainesville, Florida.
However, Florida is coming off a 19-13 season -- its third straight without 20+ wins -- and it did not make the NCAA Tournament after losing five of its final eight games. The Gators not only had a lackluster resume, they fell in the first game of the SEC Tournament to Texas A&M, marking their earliest exit from the event since 2009.
Despite his early success at Florida, impatience with White grew in recent years due to a combination of the team's on-court performance, lack of recruiting success and uneven roster. The four NCAA Tournament appearances by the Gators under White, while perhaps not to the program's expectation of success, is a feat that Georgia could only dream of at this point. The Bulldogs haven't been to the Big Dance since 2015 and haven't advanced to the second weekend of the tournament since 1996.
Prior to White's time at Florida, he was a big winner at Louisiana Tech and one of the hottest mid-major candidates on the market, so a bet on his credentials and past success could be a wise bet after whiffing on the Crean hire. In four seasons, he led the Louisiana Tech program to a 101-40 record and three regular-season championships in Conference USA.