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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**

Lack of success at Ole Miss leads Nutt to resign

 

Houston Nutt at 2007 SEC Media Days (photo by Allstarecho via wikipedia commons)

Two years ago, Mississippi Rebels head coach Houston Nutt seemed to have his football program on the upswing.

The Arkansas native arrived in Oxford, Mississippi after a 10-year career at SEC rival Arkansas and he helped lead the Rebels off to a good start of 18-8 during the first two years which included Cotton Bowl wins over Texas Tech and Oklahoma State in back-to-back years.

The Rebels had not enjoyed that kind of success two seasons in a row in almost 40 years. But everyone overlooked the fact that Nutt achieved success with the players left over from previous head coach Ed Orgeron. He could not upgrade the roster with his own recruits.

That is the reason why on Monday, the 54-year-old Nutt announced he’ll resign at the end of the season. He’ll stay on to coach the final three games against Louisiana Tech, LSU and Mississippi State, according to Rebels athletic director Pete Boone.

Ole Miss has lost 12 straight SEC football games, including the 30-13 debacle last Saturday against Kentucky. The Rebels are a disappointing 2-7, 0-6 in the tough SEC this year.

Nutt, who is earning $2.7 million this season, has a 24-23 record at Ole Miss.

The downward spiral for Nutt and his program was in the 2010 season opener, when Jacksonville State upset the Rebels in double overtime 49-48. The fans in Oxford were appalled and called for his resignation. That was the first time in the school’s football history that the Rebels had lost to a Football Championship Subdivision team.

The Rebels can’t seem to find and keep a football coach for long. The next hiring will be their fifth since 1998 and third since 2007.

 

Info compiled from University of Mississippi athletic, Radio & TV news

NCAA Notes: College Basketball

compiled from staff and wire reports

Ohio Valley Conference (ovc)

The Ohio Valley Conference will be changing the format of its tournament next season. All eight teams that qualify for the tournament will compete in Nashville. First-round games currently are played on campus sites with the semifinals and finals moving to Nashville.

The Ohio Valley Conference includes: Tennessee-Martin, Murray State, Austin Peay, Morehead State, Eastern Kentucky, Tennessee State, Eastern Illinois, Tennessee Tech, Jacksonville State and Southeast Missouri State.

Nebraska Cornhuskers (un)

Despite fan, alumni and media outcry, Nebraska seems to be sticking with men’s basketball coach Doc Sadler, eventhough the team is in last place of the Big 12 Conference. This is Sadler’s fourth season as coach.

Associate Athletic Director Marc Boehm, who is in charge of men’s and women’s basketball, says that Sadler’s job is safe for now.

The Huskers (14-17, 2-14 Big 12) are having their worst conference season since 1962-63. Last season, Nebraska won 18 games and finished eighth in the Big 12 with an 8-8 record.

Sadler’s contract pays him a base salary of $800,000 a year and runs through the 2013-2014 season.