Georgia to hire SEC East head coach to replace Tom Crean, per reports
Georgia has reached out to a rival to fill its head coaching vacancy in men’s basketball, according to a report on Sunday from Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports.
Georgia will hire Florida’s Mike White as its next head basketball coach. The Bulldogs fired Tom Crean after it lost in the SEC Tournament to Vanderbilt, and finished the season with a 6-26 record and and were 1-17 in the SEC regular season play. Crean was 6-26, 14-12, 16-16 and 11-21 at Georgia.
White has coached at Florida since the 2015-16 season, and was 142-88 overall.
White last week saw his Florida team lose in dramatic fashion to Texas A&M in the SEC Tournament in Tampa, Florida. Hassan Diarra made a 3-pointer from the top of the key with 0.4 seconds left in overtime Thursday to give Texas A&M an 83-80 win over Florida.
Sources: Georgia will hire Florida’s Mike White as its next head basketball coach.
— Jon Rothstein (@JonRothstein) March 13, 2022
After the game, White summarized the loss, and how it illustrated the season.
“A two-hour microcosm of the season,” White said. “Ups, downs, a lack of execution for a couple of minutes, an incredible fight for eight minutes, a really productive timeout, a span where we would lose a little bit of focus or lose control of our emotions a little bit and start pouting about a certain call or what have you, and then leave everything we’ve got on the floor and come up just a little bit short. But we’ve had four or five where we got the other ending and we came out on the right side.”
Sources: Can confirm Mike White is expected to leave Florida for Georgia. First reported by @JonRothstein
— Pat Forde (@ByPatForde) March 13, 2022