Tennessee Basketball: Will Michael White Be the Vols' Next Head Coach?

Will Michael White Be the Next Head Coach at Tennessee?

4/21/14 in NCAABB   |   BlakeLovell   |   86 respect

Jan 19, 2014; Hattiesburg, MS, USA; Louisiana Tech Bulldogs head coach Michael White gestures to his players during the second half of their game against the Southern Miss Golden Eagles at Reed Green Coliseum. Southern Miss won, 80-71. Mandatory Credit: Chuck Cook-USA TODAY SportsFor the third time in the past nine years, the Tennessee Volunteers find themselves without a basketball coach. 

After Cuonzo Martin's surprise exit to California last week, athletic director Dave Hart finds himself in the position of hiring a coach that will help re-energize the fanbase and bring lots of wins and post-season success in the process.

And right now, Hart seems to think that coach is Louisiana Tech's Michael White.

According to multiple reports, Hart and company are now putting all their effort into bringing White to Knoxville. 

White obviously wouldn't be the big splash hire (such as Gregg Marshall or Shaka Smart) that most Tennessee fans were probably hoping for, but he would bring a winning background along with him.

The Bulldogs have won a lot of games under White, with the up-and-coming coach winning 71% of his games while at the school. Also included in there were back-to-back regular season championships (one in the WAC and one in Conference USA).

Of course, if White were to indeed take the job, he wouldn't be the first Louisiana Tech coach in a major sport to leave Ruston for Knoxville.

Vol fans remember the debacle that was the Derek Dooley era in football several years ago, with Tennessee hiring him away from Tech as well.

But although jokes will be made about that similarity, White seems to be a good choice for the rebuilding years that are ahead for this program.

After the surprising Sweet 16 run this past season, the Vols are set to lose a huge chunk of their roster, meaning that it may take a little time for this team to get back to the NCAA tournament and make some noise.

Again, this wouldn't be a hire that would garner massive attention in the world of college basketball. However, there's much more to being a successful college hoops coach than just winning the press conference.

If hired, White will have a major challenge ahead of him. He'll have to win over the administration, the players, and the fans.

That task will be much easier to do since he wouldn't be in the impossible position of following Bruce Pearl

Of course, with Pearl back in the conference at Auburn, White will need to win if he's to quiet the chatter for good though.

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