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Posts Tagged ‘SEC Western Division.’

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**

Collegiate Baseball ranks Arkansas 8th in pre-season poll

 

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – The University of Arkansas baseball team is ranked eighth in the Collegiate Baseball preseason top 40 poll.

 

The Razorbacks return 19 letterwinners from last year’s team that finished with a 40-22 record and won the SEC Western Division championship. Arkansas returns five position starters from last year’s team, including freshman All-American Dominic Ficociello, who hit .335 with four homers and 50 RBI in 2011.

Dominic Ficociello (courtesy of Arkansas athletics)

On the mound, the Razorbacks return 10 pitchers, led by junior DJ Baxendale, who earned second-team All-SEC honors after going 10-2 with a 1.58 ERA last year. The Razorbacks also bring back freshman All-Americans Barrett Astin and Nolan Sanburn. Astin went 5-2 with three saves a 2.72 ERA last season, while Sanburn posted a 2-4 record with a team-high eight saves and a 3.62 ERA.

 

The SEC was well represented in the poll with six league teams among the top 40. Joining Arkansas in the top 10 are Florida at No. 1 and defending national champion South Carolina at No. 2. LSU (No. 12), Georgia (No. 18) and Vanderbilt (No. 23) are also ranked in the poll. Two of Arkansas’ non-conference opponents in 2012 were among the top 40 as Texas (No. 5) and Oklahoma (No. 16) were included in the rankings.

 

Arkansas opens the 2012 season on Friday, Feb. 17, when it hosts Villanova at Baum Stadium.

 

Press Release courtesy of Arkansas athletics)