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Report: UCF has made AD Danny White the highest paid athletic director in state

UCF athletic director Danny White has signed a new five-year contract that includes a bump that will make him the highest paid athletic director in the state of Florida, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

The report shares that White's new contract takes him through 2025 and gives him a pay raise to $1,081,500. The pay raise pushes him just past Florida athletic director Scott Stricklin who had an annual salary of $1.076 million.

White's new deal also includes a rollover clause that annually keeps the contract at five years. He can earn a 3% performance bonus for an AAC title in football, and 2% for league titles in other sports and can earn 10% of his base salary for a national title in football.

If he were to choose to leave for another "executive job at an NCAA institution or professional sports franchise," he would owe $2.5 million before May 11, 2021 and that figure decreases by $250k each year until it hits $1.5 million in 2025.

Since taking the job in November of 2015, White has hired two very successful head football coaches for the program in Scott Frost (hired in December of 2015) and Josh Heupel (hired in December of 2017). Both guys were first-time head coaches. Frost led the program for two seasons and went 6-7 and then 13-0 before leaving to rebuild his alma mater at Nebraska. Heupel came in and picked up right where Frost left off and carries an impressive 22-4 record heading into his third season.

Read the full piece here, which includes more on the terms of the deal and incentives.

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