Florida Gators men’s basketball coach Mike White has agreed to a raise and contract extension running through the 2022-23 season that raises the value of his contract to over $2.7 million annually, Florida announced Friday in conjunction with an announcment of a raise and extension for football coach Jim McElwain.
"Both Coach Mac and Coach White have done a phenomenal job of leading our programs and we are looking forward to having them lead the Gators for years to come," said (Florida athletic director Scott) Stricklin. "As much as both have won games and provided a lot of great memories for our fans and stability for the programs they leads, they have both had a huge impact on the development and personal growth of the athletes they coach."
White’s deal is for $16.9 million, and tacks on two years to a deal that had run through the 2020-21 season. The $2.7 million per year is a substantial raise from the just under $2 million per year White was making under his original contract, which was signed before he had ever appeared in an NCAA Tournament, and agreed to within days of Billy Donovan’s departure for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
Now, with an Elite Eight berth under his belt, and a season’s worth of national praise for his efforts in returning Florida to title contention both in the SEC and in the NCAA Tournament, White has a deal befitting one of the best coaches in college basketball.
Per the USA TODAY database of head coaches’ compensation, $2.7 million in total compensation would have ranked 10th nationally in 2016-17.