The NCAA coaching carousel is always a crazy time for college basketball. Head Coach Mike White will be leaving the Florida Gators for their SEC rivals the Georgia Bulldogs. It isn’t often a Head Coach leaves a major program for a program in the same conference. The state of the Georiga Bulldogs basketball program is not a great one, but there is some speculation that Florida was debating a change either way at their Head Coach position.
Exciting day in Athens!
Join us in welcoming Mike White as the new head coach of Georgia Basketball.#GoDawgs pic.twitter.com/mKpzOyklKd
— Georgia Bulldogs (@UGAAthletics) March 13, 2022
While with the Florida Gators, Mike White coached the team to an overall record of 142-88 with an SEC record of 72-52 in seven seasons. Ignoring the 2020 NCAA Tournament that canceled led the team to four NCAA Tournament appearances four times in six seasons. In his second season, he led the Gators to the Elite Eight, but never got his team past the second round other than that season. Florida did not make the 2022 NCAA Tournament and finished 5th in the SEC. Georgia has a considerably worse season under Head Coach Tom Crean before he was fired.
Georgia AD Josh Brooks on Mike White:
“We believe that he is the coach that can build Georgia Basketball to a consistent winner on the collegiate basketball landscape.”
— Ryan Kerley (@RyanCKerley) March 14, 2022
The Georgia Bulldogs have been looking to build a winning basketball program for years now and have failed to do so thus far. Mike White is being brought in with the hopes that he can turn those losing ways around. While Georgia has a new Head Coach it opens up another head coaching vacancy with the Florida Gators.