Curry had two years remaining on a contract that paid him $325,000 per year.
FAU’s record is 39-83 during his four-year tenure – 19-53 in conference play. The Owls won only one postseason game during Curry’s time in Boca Raton.
“Michael is a wonderful person and very well liked throughout the university and the community at large,” White said in a statement released by the university. “I have no doubt you will join me in wishing him every success for the future, and to thank him for his dedication and commitment to FAU.”
FAU officially introduced White in a ceremony on Wednesday. During that introduction White said he had never met Curry in person but heard good things about him. He also announced his intention to meet with each coach in the coming weeks to assess the challenges each program faces.
“My initial meeting isn’t necessarily to assess programs when I haven’t met people and I’ve been here one day,” White said. “It’s really to learn about the program, learn, hey what are the realities here for the last 20, 30 years? What are the realities here for the last four or five years? Where are we? And I think I’ve got to get to that point before I truly can do an assessment.”
White made that statement on Wednesday. Two days later Curry was gone.
One name White could look for a replacement is University of Florida assistant Dusty May. Gators’ coach Mike White is Brian’s brother.
Florida defeated St. Bonaventure on Thursday night in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament.
May coached on Mike White’s staff at Conference USA member Louisiana Tech before joining the Gators. During part of that time Brian White served as a member of Louisiana Tech’s athletic administration.