The Mike White era in Gainesville is reportedly over.
The Florida men’s basketball coach, who took over the Gators’ program in 2015, is reportedly leaving for the rival Georgia Bulldogs, CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein shared Sunday.
White, who helmed the orange and blue for the past seven seasons, went 142-88 overall and 72-52 in the Southeastern Conference as Florida’s head coach with four NCAA tournament berths.
Florida men’s basketball advanced to the Elite 8 in White’s second season in a tournament run highlighted by Chris Chiozza’s miraculous buzzer-beater to defeat Wisconsin in the Sweet 16. The Gators fell in the Round of 32 in each of White’s three other tournament appearances.
The Gators struggled in White’s apparent final season with the program, finishing 9-9 in conference play for the third time in the coach’s tenure. The Gators finished the year 19-12 overall before a heartbreaking overtime loss to Texas A&M in the SEC tournament.
White would replace former Georgia coach Tom Crean, who went 47-75 with the Bulldogs and won just 15 of his 72 conference games in four years. Georgia finished 6-26 overall with a 1-17 SEC record in his final year.