According to Mat Mlodzinski Top 50 College Basketball Coaching Hires Since 2000 Some familiar names on this list (Lon Kruger twice, Rick Pitino, John Calipari, Andy Enfield, Porter Moser, Leonard Hamilton, etc.). However, no Mike White? Where would you put White on this list or you don't? =================================== Here is my case for or against Mike White: No Mike White on this list who was hired in the 2015-16 season after a 4-year stint at Louisiana Tech? Michael White Coaching Record | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com After following a college basketball legend in Billy Donovan, Mike White who is still learning on the job (or not learning a lot according to some fans) has taken Florida to 4-straight NCAA Tournaments. It would have been 5-straight NCAA Tourneys if not for the cancellation of the 2020 season. Last season, Florida had a loaded line-up of Andrew Nembhard (now at Gonzaga), Keyontae Johnson (pre-season 2021 SEC poy), Kerry Blackshear (pre-season 2020 SEC poy), Noah Locke (now at Louisville), Omar Payne (now at Illinois) and two reserve Micky D's (both declared for the NBA) in Scotty Lewis & Tre Mann. There was no telling what that group would have done in the 2020 NCAAs. In 4-straight trips, the Gators have advanced to at least the Round32 including the 2017 Elite8. We Gator fans think it could have been better but it is what it is. White has a modest but successful 6-4 NCAA record and recruits relatively well without the shadiness associated with high school/AAU-recruiting. White has been very successful with the graduate transfers and the transfer portal. =============================================== White has done better than many other coaches on this list who were hired around the same time period: - Archie Miller who was also considered for the Florida job could not bring Indiana back to the NCAA Tournament in his last four seasons there which is surprising. - Shaka Smart who did take Texas to three NCAA Tourneys in six seasons but could not get the Longhorns to win one game in the NCAA Tourney has left for the Marquette job (probably before he could be fired) -Chris Mack had done very well at Xavier but in his new job at Louisville, Mack has taken the Cardinals to only one NCAA tournament in three seasons. I'm sure that his team will bounce back next season. =========================================== ============================================= Now in the SEC, many programs have hired veteran coaches and some up & coming ones, too. A lot of them are on this top 50 list but no Mike White here. Mike White has done better in the NCAA Tournament on average than many of them (see below). In the SEC, White's Florida teams best finishes would be 2nd once, 3rd once, 5th twice, 8th twice. This is where White has struggled the most at Florida which is in the conference season - often losing to teams with lesser or equal records. White has failed to win an SEC conference title. - Eric Musselman (3-1)in his 2nd year at Arkansas had a similar result to Mike White's 2017 Florida team which is a 2nd place SEC finish and an E8 NCAA trip. In the 2021 season in the elite8, the razorbacks would lose to the eventual national champions, the Baylor Bears! Arkansas Razorbacks Index | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com - Bruce Pearl: Took Auburn to a school first 2019 Final Four but are now in some NCAA hot water. In seven seasons at Auburn, Pearl(5-2) took the Tigers to only two NCAA tourneys compared to White's 4-straight NCAA trips. Pearl's Auburn team won a share of the regular season 2018 SEC title with Tennessee and had also won the 2019 SEC Tourney Title. Auburn Tigers Index | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com - Ben Howland: (0-1) Has only one NCAA trip (one & done) in the last six seasons compare to White's 4/5 straight NCAA trips. The Mississippi St job can be a difficult one to turn around. Mississippi State Bulldogs Index | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com - Rick Barnes: Took Tennessee to three NCAAS in six seasons. Barnes best finish was a SW16 in 2019. (3-3 NCAA record at Tenn). Tennessee did win the 2018 SEC regular season title. Tennessee Volunteers Index | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com - Frank Martin(4-1): Has only one NCAA trip at South Carolina in nine seasons which was the Gamecock's first and only Final4 (2017). South Carolina Gamecocks Index | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com - Nate Oats: (2-1) In his second season at Alabama, he has completely turned the Tide around who had won both the regular and conference tourney SEC titles. In the 2021 season, Alabama made it to the SW16 before losing to 11th seed UCLA. Oats has a highly regarded recruiting class to re-load for the Tide. Alabama Crimson Tide Index | College Basketball at Sports-Reference.com Of all the SEC coaches in the similar time frame (2015/16 to 2020/21) that White coached in the SEC, only Kentucky's John Calipari has a better NCAA record (two E8's, 1 SW16, 1 RD32 equals 9-4) than what White (one E8, three RD32 equals 6-4) had done at Florida.