The University of Tennessee hired Danny White as its next Athletic Director, and he could be the guy to get Tennessee Football on the right track.
The University of Tennessee will now be looking for a new Tennessee Football head coach after hiring a new Athletic Director. The new AD was announced on Thursday by the university, and it seems, based on reactions from people on social media, that the university made a great hire, and I agree.
UT has announced some contract details regarding White. He will be making $1.8 million with an annual increase of 5%. This is a pay increase from what White was making at UCF, where he made $1.1 million.
Tennessee announced on Thursday that UCF AD Danny White will be coming to Rocky Top for the same position. This is a big hire for Tennessee, and I believe this is the best hire the university has made in over a decade.
The only hire that could rival White is Rick Barnes, but until he can coach the Vols to the Elite 8, I’ll hold off on that. White is the main reason UCF football and both men’s and women’s basketball are all competitive. During White’s time as AD, the football program has seen the biggest jump to success, going 47-15 over the past five seasons.
White has some work to do with the football department, but he seems like he’s up for the challenge.
“I am thrilled to be headed to Knoxville and to a university with a great competitive tradition and a spirited and devoted fan base,” White said in on Thursday in a statement released by Tennessee. “Volunteer fans have an expectation to win, and my first task will be taking on the search for a new head football coach. But I want all Vols to know that I am deeply committed to excellence in all of our athletic programs.”
UT will officially introduce White as its new AD at 12:05 pm ET where White will step to the podium for the first time in orange and white. These introductory press conferences are becoming all too familiar. Let’s hope this will be the last one for a while, at least when it comes to introducing a new AD.