White: No interest in Ole Miss job

A day after long-time Ole Miss coach Andy Kennedy stepped down, Florida coach 
Mike White took himself out of the running to coach at his alma mater.

White said Tuesday he had “no interest” in coaching at Ole Miss, where he 
started at point guard for four years from 1995-99 and later worked as an 
assistant coach from 2004-11.

“I have no interest at all,” White said. “I love Ole Miss, my wife loves Ole 
Miss. It’s a great place. Great people. Oxford is an awesome town. Ole Miss has 
been really, really good to me. But we are so fortunate to be here at Florida. 
It’s one of the best jobs in the country. And I’m not interested in any other 

White is 65-32 in two-plus seasons as Florida coach. Last year, the 40-year-old 
coach guided UF to its ninth Elite Eight appearance in school history. Last 
spring, White signed a contract extension through 2023 that pays him in average 
annual salary of $2.75 million per year.

White worked under Kennedy from 2006-11 at Ole Miss and is sad to see one of 
his mentors stepping down.

“He’s attracted good talent,” White said. “He’s obviously been really good to 
me. He retained me there. I was out of a job in Oxford, and I was working for 
Coach (Rod) Barnes and he retained me and he gave me an opportunity. I learned 
a lot from him. He had a great run and I’m sure he will coach again and be a 
success somewhere else as well.”

Written by Kevin Brockway for Gatorsports.com

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