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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