UCF's Danny White Agrees to Be Tennessee AD After Phil Fulmer Firing

Adam Wells@adamwells1985Featured ColumnistJanuary 21, 2021

General view before the game between the Tennessee Volunteers and the Florida Gators at Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, Tenn., Dec. 5, 2020. (Randy Sartin/Knoxville News Sentinel via AP, Pool)
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The University of Tennessee has found its next athletic director after Phil Fulmer stepped down from the position. 

Danny White has been officially hired by the Vols after spending six years in the same role at Central Florida. 

White issued a statement about his departure from Central Florida:

Fulmer announced on Monday that he would be stepping down as Tennessee's athletic director after Jeremy Pruitt's firing as head football coach: 

"The unexpected need to hire a new coach caused me to reevaluate my place in the organization. I knew we need stability and continuity at Tennessee, and our next football coach needs to be on our sideline for 10 years or more, and I am confident that we will find that coach. But, also, I am confident that he will want and need to know who his athletic director is going to be for the duration (of his tenure)."

Pruitt was fired after the school uncovered multiple potential recruiting violations during an internal investigation into the football program, per ESPN's Chris Low and Mark Schlabach

Fulmer took over as athletic director in December 2017 when the school parted ways with John Currie eight months after he was hired. The 70-year-old is a Tennessee legend after going 152-52 with two SEC championships and one national title in 17 seasons as head coach from 1992-2008. 

White has been at Central Florida since Dec. 2015. He has worked to rebuild the football program into a national power, including an undefeated record in 2017 and 25 straight wins overall between the 2017-18 seasons. 

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The Knights men's basketball team made the NCAA tournament in 2018-19 with a 24-9 record, tied for the second-most wins in a season in school history. The hiring of Katie Abrahamson-Henderson as women's basketball coach prior to the 2016-17 campaign has led to four straight 20-win seasons and an appearance in the 2019 NCAA tournament.