Before Mike White earned his coaching job at Florida, he was an assistant coach at Ole Miss under Andy Kennedy.
Kennedy retained White on his staff when he took over at Ole Miss in 2006. On Saturday, the two will square off in Oxford, Miss., when White’s Gators visit Kennedy and the Rebels. Kennedy said he was ecstatic that his former staffer has earned the opportunity to lead an SEC program.
“I’m really excited for Mike,” Kennedy said during Monday’s SEC coaches teleconference. “I had no doubts that he was going to be a successful head coach.”
White parted ways with his alma mater in 2011 when he left to take his first head job at Louisiana Tech. Kennedy recalled all the hard work he put into helping White land his first gig. Kennedy said he vouched for White to Louisiana Tech’s administration and said he expected White to fulfill his lofty praise.
“I remember the process by which we were all pushing to try to help him get (the job at) Louisiana Tech,” Kennedy said. “I remember talking to the powers that be there and singing his praises and I was not surprised to find my words being so prophetic because I knew that he would go and do great things as he did at LA Tech and I think he’s going to do great things at Florida.”
White met the expectations at Louisiana Tech by going 101-40 and leading the Bulldogs to three consecutive NIT appearances. This weekend, White will try to impress Kennedy even more by beating the Rebels on the road.