Jan 18, 2020; Nashville, Tennessee, USA; Tennessee Volunteers logo on a fans jacket prior to the game against the Vanderbilt Commodores at Memorial Gymnasium. Mandatory Credit: Jim Brown-USA TODAY Sports

Tennessee hires UCF’s Danny White as athletic director

Tennessee hired Danny White as its new athletic director on Thursday.

White has been serving in the same role at UCF for the past five-plus years. He also was the AD at Buffalo for 3 1/2 years before taking over the Knights’ athletic program in November of 2015.

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

White replaces Philip Fulmer, who said earlier this week that he would retire once the new hire is in place.

“I am thrilled to be headed to Knoxville and to a university with a great competitive tradition and a spirited and devoted fan base,” White said. “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.”

Tennessee fired football coach Jeremy Pruitt on Monday following an internal investigation into the program’s recruiting violations.

The Volunteers have fallen on hard times as a football program with eight losing seasons in the past 13 campaigns.

White helped lead a turnaround at UCF. The Orlando school went 0-12 in 2015 and but it later went 13-0 in 2017 and 12-1 in 2018.

UCF billed itself as national champions following the 2017 season under coach Scott Frost when it wasn’t seriously considered for a College Football Playoff spot.

When Frost left for Nebraska, White promoted Josh Heupel to head coach and the latter was a combined 22-4 over his first two seasons.

White signed a five-year extension reportedly worth more than $1 million annually with UCF in March of 2020.

White is the son of Duke athletic director Kevin White and the brother of Florida basketball coach Mike White.

–Field Level Media

Nov 7, 2020; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; South Florida Bulls quarterback Noah Johnson (0) carries the ball against Memphis Tigers defensive back Quindell Johnson (15) during the first half  at Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

White helps Memphis edge South Florida

Brady White threw a touchdown pass to Calvin Austin with 63 seconds left, and Riley Patterson’s extra point provided the winning margin as host Memphis rallied to defeat South Florida 34-33 in an American Athletic Conference game on Saturday afternoon.

White completed 30 of 50 passes for 437 yards and four touchdowns, with one interception. Austin, a wide receiver, had five catches for 102 yards and two scores. Tight end Sean Dykes had seven catches for 147 yards and two scores.

Memphis (4-2, 3-2 AAC) trailed by 13 points with less than 3:30 left in the fourth quarter but managed to improve its home record this season to 4-0.

USF (1-6, 0-5) is the only winless team in AAC play this season. The Bulls have lost five straight road games, dating to last season.

Bulls quarterback Noah Johnson completed 20 of 29 passes for 217 yards, two TDs and no interceptions.

The Bulls also got four Spencer Shrader field goals — all of them longer than 40 yards.

In addition, South Florida’s defense came up with a pick-six by Daquan Evans and also turned Memphis over on downs three times, all in the first half.

But the Bulls’ defense could not come up with the stop they needed in the final seconds.

Evans intercepted a White pass in the second quarter and ran it 51 yards for a touchdown, giving the Bulls a 13-6 lead. The pass was a long out pattern, intended for Austin, but Evans stepped in front of it for the fourth pick of his career and his third this year.

White countered with a 65-yard touchdown pass to Austin, tying the score 13-13. White beat a blitz by lofting the ball over the top of South Florida’s defense.

South Florida closed its best first half of the season with a pair of Johnson TD throws — 75 yards to Kelley Joiner and 3 yards to Mitchell Brinkman. On his big play, Joiner was wide open in a gap in Memphis’ zone and raced the final 52 yards to the end zone.

Shrader’s third and fourth field goals of the game gave South Florida a 33-20 lead.

But Memphis cut its deficit to 33-27 on White’s 10-yard TD pass to Dykes with 3:19 left in the game.

The Tigers then forced a three-and-out punt and got the ball back on their own 24 with 2:23 left. White then led the winning, eight-play, 76-yard touchdown drive.

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Jan 4, 2020; Houston, Texas, USA;  Houston Texans wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins (10) runs the ball against Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre'Davious White (27) during the third quarter in the AFC Wild Card NFL Playoff game at NRG Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Jairaj-USA TODAY Sports

Bills CB White (back) misses game vs. Titans

Buffalo standout cornerback Tre’Davious White was inactive for the Bills’ Tuesday night contest against the Tennessee Titans due to a back injury.

White, a Pro Bowl selection and All-Pro last season, has 12 interceptions in 51 career NFL games. He tied for the NFL lead last season with six but has yet to pick off a pass this season.

The Bills also were without two other starters, as receiver John Brown (knee) and linebacker Matt Milano (pectoral) were ruled out.

Brown has 14 receptions for 194 yards and two touchdowns this year. Milano has 18 tackles, one interception and one sack.

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Sep 13, 2020; Orchard Park, New York, USA; Former teammates Buffalo Bills wide receiver John Brown (15) and New York Jets quarterback Joe Flacco (5) walk off the field together after a game at Bills Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark Konezny-USA TODAY Sports

Jets activate QB Flacco for game vs. Broncos

Veteran quarterback Joe Flacco will be active for the first time this season when the New York Jets host the Denver Broncos on Thursday night.

Flacco underwent offseason neck surgery and wasn’t available as New York opened its season with three straight losses.

The activation of Flacco comes after starting quarterback Sam Darnold threw three interceptions — including two returned for touchdowns — in Sunday’s 36-7 loss to the Indianapolis Colts.

Flacco, 35, has passed for 40,067 yards, 218 touchdowns and 141 interceptions in 171 career games for the Baltimore Ravens (2008-18) and Broncos (2019). He was named Super Bowl MVP when the Ravens notched a 34-31 win over the San Francisco 49ers following the 2012 season.

Flacco was released by Denver in March. The Jets signed him in late May.

New York waived quarterback Mike White to open up a roster spot. The Jets will likely resign White — who has never taken a regular-season snap — to the practice squad.

–Field Level Media