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Michael White rejects Tennessee, will remain coach at Louisiana Tech

Discussions between Tennessee officials and Michael White that intensified over the weekend cooled early Monday, and sources have now told CBSSports.com that the 37-year-old has decided to remain at Louisiana Tech rather than move to Knoxville.

CBSSports.com first reported White's involvement with Tennessee on Saturday night, at which point a source said that UT had initially contacted some so-called "A-list" candidates to replace Cuonzo Martin, but that the interest wasn't mutual. Consequently, athletic director Dave Hart turned toward White, who spent the previous three years at Louisiana Tech. But a source told CBSSports.com that, after speaking with Tennessee officials and receiving an informal offer, White is opting to stay at Louisiana Tech, where his current contract gives him more longterm security than Tennessee seemed willing to provide.

Expect Southern Miss coach Donnie Tyndall to emerge as an alternative candidate.

Tyndall, 43, has recruited in the SEC as an assistant at LSU, worked in the state of Tennessee as an assistant at Middle Tennessee, flourished in the region as the head coach at Morehead State, and won just as many games (56) the past two seasons at Southern Miss as White has won in the past two seasons at Louisiana Tech. Furthermore, Tyndall is a big personality who has helped increase season-ticket sales at USM. He's twice inherited bad situations (not unlike the current situation at Tennessee), and both times turned things around quickly while winning at an unprecedented level relative to the program for which he was working.

Gary Parrish is a senior college basketball columnist for CBSSports.com and college basketball insider for the CBS Sports Network. The Mississippi native also hosts an award-winning radio show in Memphis. He lives in that area with his wife, two sons and two dogs.
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