The Tennessee Volunteers made an important hire on Thursday, landing UCF AD Danny White to replace Phillip Fulmer as their athletic director.

Now, he’ll be tasked with hiring a new head football coach, among other things.

He’ll be well-compensated for this task, according to Curtis Carden. Per Carden, White’s contract with the Vols will be worth $1.8 million per year, with a possibility of a $300,000 raise each year based on athletic and academic performances.

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Tennessee online sports betting officially launched on November 1, 2020, and many of the largest sportsbooks are live and operating in the volunteer state. Tennessee is only one of a handful of SEC football states with legalized sports betting.


That will make White the highest-paid AD in the SEC:

Who will White hire as his new football coach? It’s a decision that will have major ramifications moving forward.

We’ll see how the Tennessee athletic department as a whole fares under White’s leadership.