Georgia men’s basketball coach Mike White’s annual salary released

Mike White was announced as the Georgia men’s basketball head coach at Stegeman Coliseum in Athens, Ga., on Tuesday, March 15, 2022. (Photo by Tony Walsh)
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ATHENS — New Georgia men’s basketball coach Mike White signed a six-year deal worth $3.4 million annually, per information released through a FOIA request.

The Bulldogs hired White away from Florida after Tom Crean was released following his fourth season with the program. Crean was making $3.2 million.

The top paid SEC men’s basketball coaches are Kentucky coach John Calipari ($8.6 million) Auburn’s Bruce Pearl ($5.4) and Tennessee’s Rick Barnes ($5.2).

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White led the Gators to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament four times during his seven-year tenure in Gainesville and was due to make $3.083 million this season and $3.208 million the next five seasons, per the Orlando Sentinel.

White and Florida missed the NCAA tourney this year, leading to vocal unrest among Gators’ fans in the stands and on social media.

The unrest and potential hot seat awaiting him next season led White to jump on the opportunity for a fresh start at Georgia, where second-year AD Josh Brooks has committed to providing competitive facilities and an adequate budget.

“We had a lengthy conversation, a productive conversation, and one that excited me a lot,” White said during his introductory press conference on March 15.

“At that point, I was pretty quick to jump on board. I wanted to be a Bulldog at that point, I felt really good about it.”

White said it’s going to take time to change the direction of UGA men’s basketball.

“We’ve got to build, it’s not going to happen overnight,” White said. “We’ve got to grow. We’ve got to get better. We’ve got to bet better offensively. We’ve got to get better defensively. Our chemistry, our basketball character, our level of accountability has all got to be elite in this league to be competitive.

“This is now the best basketball league in college basketball. We have the potential to get it done. We are going to get it done, and then hopefully in a few years I’m being asked questions about maintaining it.”

The only Georgia player off last season’s team with no remaining eligibility is Aaron Cook. Bulldogs’ reserve forward Dalen Ridgnal has entered the transfer portal, per VerbalCommits.com.

There are 945 Division I players in the portal at the time of this publication.

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