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Long before Florida basketball coach Mike White was leading an SEC program from the sidelines, he was doing so on the court. A guard at Ole Miss from 1995-99, White is one of the better Rebels players in school history. That’s why it doesn’t come as a surprise that in a ranking of the 68 coaches in the NCAA Tournament as players from ESPN, White comes in at No. 10.
10. Mike White, Florida Gators— White was a four-year starter at point guard for Ole Miss (1995-99), leading the Rebels to three NCAA tournament appearances and graduating in the top 10 on the school’s all-time assists list. After his collegiate career concluded, White played professionally in the short-lived International Basketball League, as well as in England.
White ranks sixth all-time in assists for Ole Miss, and he led the team to three consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 1997-99. During his final season, he was a part of the program’s first-ever victory in the tournament.
Now coaching a rival SEC program, White hopes to end a postseason slump that hasn’t seen the team escape the first weekend since his second year in Gainesville.