Report: Search Turns to Michael White

Ivan Pierre Aguirre-USA TODAY Sp

Multiple reports have the Vol search turning toward Louisiana Tech's Michael White.

There's no truth in a coaching search until there's a podium, but several local and national outlets tonight have put Tennessee's quest for a new basketball coach in a specific direction:  Louisiana Tech's Michael White.

Gary Parrish reported it tonight, with echoes from both VolQuest and GoVols247.  This does not mean the search is over, though Parrish's report mentioned the Vols' flirtation with "A-listers" didn't find any mutual attraction.

White played for Ole Miss in the mid-90s then served as an assistant for the Rebels from 2004-2011.  He took over at Louisiana Tech for the 2011-12 season.  The Bulldogs haven't made the NCAA Tournament since 1991 and have only five all-time appearances.  They were 12-20 before White took over and have since gone 18-16 (6-8 WAC), 27-7 (16-2 WAC Co-Champs), and 29-8 (13-3 C-USA Co-Champs).  Losses in conference tournaments have sent the Bulldogs to the NIT in the last two years, meaning White has a strikingly similar resume to Cuonzo Martin when he came to Knoxville.

White is 37 years old and just signed a six-year extension for $600,000 per year.  That's also the amount of his buyout, meaning the Vols - who are owed $1.3 million from Cal for Cuonzo's buyout - could certainly give him a raise without significantly raising the basketball coaching budget.  Make of that what you will.  Either way, if Parrish's report is correct the Vols will be taking a chance on someone without a proven track record with this hire.

We'll keep an eye on the story and the search as it develops.

X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior users will need to choose a permanent username, along with a new password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

I already have a Vox Media account!

Verify Vox Media account

Please login to your Vox Media account. This account will be linked to your previously existing Eater account.

Please choose a new SB Nation username and password

As part of the new SB Nation launch, prior MT authors will need to choose a new username and password.

Your username will be used to login to SB Nation going forward.

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join Rocky Top Talk

You must be a member of Rocky Top Talk to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Rocky Top Talk. You should read them.

Join Rocky Top Talk

You must be a member of Rocky Top Talk to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at Rocky Top Talk. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker