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Danny White leaving UCF to be new Tennessee athletics director

UCF athletics director Danny White, who helped dramatically raise the Knights’ national profile, has accepted an offer to take over as Tennessee’s next athletics director.

White agreed to a five-year deal to lead the Volunteers. The university recently announced NCAA recruiting violations within the football program that prompted the firing of football coach Jeremy Pruitt.

White’s current contract pays him about $1 million a year and includes a $2.5 million buyout that would be owed to UCF if he accepted another job before May 2021.

White has spearheaded a transformation of the UCF athletics program, shattering fundraising records and hiring a string of coaches who won conference championships.