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Florida Hires Mike White As Head Coach

May 7, 2015 8:01 PM

Florida has hired Mike White to replace Billy Donovan as head coach.

"I have an incredible amount of respect for the University of Florida, and I am so excited to be a Gator," White said in a statement. "Not only is Florida home for me, but the tradition and success that the Gators have built make this an incredible opportunity."

 

White agreed in principle to a six-year deal worth an average of $2 million per year.

White is considered a rising star in the business despite failing to get to the NCAA tournament in his four seasons at Louisiana Tech. He is the son of Duke athletic director Kevin White and took the Bulldogs program to the NIT in each of the past three seasons.

ESPN

Tags: Florida Gators, NCAA, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Billy Donovan Interested In Meeting With Durant, Westbrook, Ibaka Before Accepting Job

Apr 29, 2015 12:27 PM

Kevin Durant has reached out to multiple former Florida players about Billy Donovan, according to sources.

Donovan is considered the only serious candidate for the Oklahoma City Thunder head coaching vacancy.

Durant has become generally positive about the potential hiring of Donovan.

Donovan has interest in speaking to Durant, Russell Westbrook and Serge Ibaka before accepting the job. It is unclear if meetings will be facilitated.

Sam Presti and Donovan have had a relationship for a decade.

Donovan turned down offers from the Cleveland Cavaliers and Minnesota Timberwolves last offseason.

Adrian Wojnarowski, Pat Forde/Yahoo! Sports

Tags: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka, Oklahoma City Thunder, NCAA, NBA, NBA Misc Rumor, NCAA Misc Rumor

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Buddy Hield Returns To Oklahoma For Senior Season

Apr 24, 2015 11:52 AM

Buddy Hield announced Friday morning that he will return to Oklahoma for his senior season.

Hield was named the Big 12 conference player of the year last season.

"It was a tough decision, and I obviously took it near the deadline," Hield said. "But I just went through the process. I listened to Coach Kruger, I listened to my mentors back home, my high school coach, and my mom and my family. I did a lot of research on players and the history of the NBA Draft. I just did what I felt was best for me and my family. I feel like if I come back I'll be in a better situation next year."

RealGM Staff Report

Tags: Buddy Hield, Oklahoma Sooners, NCAA, NBA, NBA NBA Draft, NBA Draft General, NCAA Misc Rumor

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