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Florida Gators surprise college basketball with hiring of Louisiana Tech coach Michael White

Michael White (courtesy Louisiana Tech)

Fans of the Florida Gators Men’s Basketball program expected a big-name coach to be hired replacing Billy Donovan, who bolted for the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder.

The Florida administration feels that they have hired the right man.

On Thursday, Florida hired an up-and-coming coach in 38-year-old Michael White, from Louisiana Tech.

White received a six-year contract worth $12 million dollars total and $2 million a year.

White, a native of Dunedin, Florida, also has coached at Jacksonville State and Ole Miss as an assistant.

White is an SEC guy. He played from 1995 to 1999 for the Mississippi Rebels. He became a starter in the eighth game of his freshman year and remained a starter for the remainder of his four years at Ole Miss. During White’s college career, he had 370 assists, the 6th highest total in Ole Miss history. He also led his team to two SEC Western Division Titles, three consecutive NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournaments (1997, 1998 and 1999), and the first NCAA Tournament victory in the history of Ole Miss.

At the 100-game mark, he had the highest winning percentage and the most wins of any coach in Louisiana Tech history (101-40 .716). In addition to that the Bulldogs have not lost a home game since December 4, 2013. Currently that is the 4th longest active Division 1 home court win streak.

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Louisiana Tech Bulldogs (Western Athletic Conference/Conference USA) (2011–present)
2011–12 Louisiana Tech 18–16 6–8 T–5th
2012–13 Louisiana Tech 27–7 16–2 T–1st NIT Second Round
2013–14 Louisiana Tech 29–8 13–3 T–1st NIT Quarterfinals
2014–15 Louisiana Tech 27–9 15–3 1st NIT Quarterfinals
Louisiana Tech: 101–40 (.716) 50–16 (.758)

 

**Head coaching graphic courtesy of wikipedia commons**

Bengals lose WR Caldwell to IR; promote former UC star Binns

 

Andre Caldwell of Bengals in 2011 (photo by Jeffrey Beall via wikipedia commons)

The Cincinnati Bengals have placed wide receiver Andre Caldwell on injured reserve because of a hernia.

Caldwell played in 13 games this season, making 37 catches for 317 yards and three touchdowns.

The 26-year-old Florida Gators product has been with Cincinnati since 2008. He has 124 receptions for 1,172 yards and 6 TD’s.

To replace Caldwell, the Bengals signed rookie Armon Binns from their practice squad. He is graduate of the University of Cincinnati.

 

Info courtesy of the Cincinnati Bengals

Urban Meyer, the new Buckeyes head football coach

 

Urban Meyer (courtesy of Florida athletics)

Eventhough its been the top story-line around Ohio for about a week, there’s really no surprise that Urban Meyer has accepted Ohio State’s offer to become the new football coach.

When Meyer said that he had not talked to Ohio State after all of the rumors were surfacing, everybody knew that was a lie. All coaches say that.

Reports have it that the 47-year-old Meyer, a native of Ashtabula, Ohio, will receive a 7-year, $40 million deal, which comes out to $5.7 million a year.

The former Florida Gators coach is one of three football coaches to win 100 games in his first 10 years: George Woodruff 124 wins at Penn State 1892-1901, Bob Stoops at Oklahoma 109 wins 1999-2008 and Meyer is third with 104 victories 2001-2010.

Also, Meyer along with Alabama head coach Nick Saban, are the only two coaches to win multiple BCS titles with 2.

Meyer, who is an offensive genius and can develop quarterbacks (Tim Tebow & Josh Harris), will be trying to improve Ohio State’s offensive unit which was fifth-worse in FBS at 124 yards per game.

 

Meyer rumors continue; but no offer or deal says ex-Gator coach

 

Urban Meyer (courtesy of Florida athletics)

There have been rumored reports since last weekend that former Florida Gators coach Urban Meyer will be the next coach at Ohio State.

Websites, newspapers, radio and television stations around Columbus, Ohio, home of Ohio State have reported that Meyer has agreed in principle to become the Buckeyes coach next week.

Meyer is continuing to say there has been no offer or no deal accepted.

The Buckeyes are currently being coached by interim coach Luke Fickell, who will lead the team against the Michigan Wolverines on Saturday at noon.

OSU is currently at 6-5, their worst season since Jim Tressel’s first year in 2001 at 7-5. If they lose Saturday, they’ll be 6-6, the worst record since John Cooper’s team posted that record in 1999.

Meyer is no stranger to Ohio or the Buckeyes, having grown up in Ashtabula, grew up a Buckeyes fan, worked on Earle Bruce’s staff in the 1980′s as has such admiration of Woody Hayes, the legendary coach, that he has his picture displayed in his home.

Meyer has won two national titles in 2006 and 2008 while at Florida.

He is currently employed by ESPN as an game and studio analyst.

 

Info compiled from Radio, TV & Internet reports

Louisville rewards Charlie Strong with new 7-year contract

 

Charlie Strong (courtesy of Louisville athletics)

University of Louisville athletic director Tom Jurich says that he likes the direction the Cardinals program is headed in and that he likes the work ethic and passion put forth by head coach Charlie Strong.

With that being said, Jurich and the University of Louisville have agreed to a new seven-year contract with Charlie Strong.

The AD says that the new contract will be backdated to July 1, which will allow it to run through June 30, 2018.

Strong is in his second season at UL and his current contract ran through the 2015 season. The deal increases his base salary from $1.6 million to $2.3 million.

The new pact has ‘very high’ buyout clauses with achievement bonuses for bowl appearances, Big East Conference championships, Top 10 and 25 finishes, coach of the year honors, BCS bowl games and academic performances by his players.

Strong said the new contract is “very humbling” and he is very thankful of the opportunity given to him by Tom Jurich and Louisville.

Strong came to the Cardinals from the Florida Gators as defensive coordinator winning two national titles in seven seasons.

 

Info compiled from Louisville athletics, Radio & TV news

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