Tennessee Issues Statement on New AD Danny White

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Moments ago, Tennessee issued a statement on Danny White being hired as the new Athletics Director. The University hired White away from UCF where he was the highest paid AD in the state making roughly $1.1 million dollars a year.

Donde Plowman said on White, "Danny White is an innovative leader in college athletics with a strong track record in recruiting and developing leaders. He brings the combination of winning attitude, competitive drive, and dedication to integrity and academics that we are looking for.

"We undertook this search with urgency and found strong interest from a robust candidate pool, enabling us to act quickly and with great confidence. I'm proud to say we found our leader, and I'd like to thank President Boyd, our trustees, and our staff for their support and hard work," Plowman added in the press release.

White also made his thoughts known about his new home. "I am thrilled to be headed to Knoxville and to a university with a great competitive tradition and a spirited and devoted fan base. Volunteer fans have an expectation to win, and my first task will be taking on the search for a new head football coach. But I want all Vols to know that I am deeply committed to excellence in all of our athletic programs," he stated.

Tennessee will continue to move forward with its search to find a new head football coach, as White's significant track record of success brings more optimism to Knoxville.

President Randy Boyd certainly has optimism for White.

"Danny White is a great fit for the programs we are building at Tennessee," UT System Boyd said in the statement. "He combines a strong vision for competitive excellence with a deep commitment to winning with integrity. The greatest decade in UT Athletics begins now."

featured image via Tennessee Athletics Press Release.