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By Keshun Gentry, Staff Writer-
The University of Tennessee has named Danny White to be their new athletic director to replace Phillip Fulmer.
White is coming from the University of Central Florida, where he began in 2015. While at UCF, he helped the Knights achieve national fame–even having an undefeated season in 2017.
His success at UCF also includes two consecutive American Athletic Conference football championships, numerous bowl game appearances, and a 25-game winning streak.
White was recently ranked the 4th best athletic director in the country by Stadium and was the only candidate UT chancellor Donde Plowman interviewed for the position.
“Danny White is an innovative leader in college athletics with a strong track record in recruiting and developing leaders,” Plowman stated. “He brings the combination of winning attitude, competitive drive, and dedication to integrity and academics that we are looking for.”
White’s first role in his new position will be finding a replacement for Jeremy Pruitt–who was recently fired for alleged recruiting violations. Kevin Steele, the former Auburn defensive coordinator, is currently serving as active head coach.
While the length of White’s contract has not been revealed by Tennessee, he will earn $1.8 million a year and receive $300,000 in annual bonuses. Tennessee will also pay White’s $2.5 million buyout for leaving UCF before May.
“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. “But I want all Vols to know that I am deeply committed to excellence in all of our programs.”