"A champion is simply someone who did not give up when they wanted to." -Tom Landry
2020 HALL OF FAME
Mike White was a NCAA head coach noted for turning around programs.
He was the head coach of the Cal Golden Bears for 6 seasons and he led them to a share of the 1975 Pac-8 championship. It was the Golden Bear's first title in nearly 20 years and Mike was named the National Coach of the Year for 1975 for his efforts.
He then moved to become the head coach of the Illinois Fighting Illini in 1980. He then led the Illini to the 1982 Liberty Bowl, breaking a twenty year bowl drought, and followed that up by winning the 1983 Big Ten Championship, which broke a twenty year championship drought. During that 1983 season, he lead the Illini to a 9–0 conference record and beat every other team in the Big Ten in a single season, the only Big Ten team to ever do it. It earn the Illini a berth in the 1984 Rose Bowl. He won his second National Coach of the Year Award for that 1983 season.
After a brief stint as the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, Mike became a Superbowl winning coach as an offensive assistant for the ‘Greatest Show on Turf’ -- the 1999 Los Angeles Rams.