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Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Posted on: July 30, 2008 11:03 am
Edited on: July 30, 2008 11:58 am
 

NEWPORT, R.I. -- Pat White seemed a bit surly on Tuesday but sometimes that's Pat White.

West Virginia's quarterback can be moody at times. That's OK, it's a rough world. The question seems to be, what  does he have to be moody about? White has thrived in Rich Rodriguez' offense to the point that he is 784 yards away from being the all-time leading rusher among quarterbacks. He is a Heisman candidate, the heart and soul of the Mountaineers.

New coach Bill Stewart spent part of Tuesday's Big East media day talking White up as an NFL prospect. Stewart wanted his quarterback to play baseball this spring just to see his athleticism in a different sport. Stewart said White told him he couldn't hit the curve ball. White then told reporters a different reason.

"In my knowledge of West Virginia baseball, there's not been many players of my race on his team," White was quoted as saying of baseball coach Greg Van Zant. "He's not too high on it."


I spoke to White and some of his teammates during the media day. I wasn't there when White spoke those words. The closest he came was when I asked him about playing baseball White said, "I couldn't play for West Virginia." Later, though, another reporter did mention the incendiary comments to me. How do you treat something like that when you haven't heard it yourself? It's like handling hot coals. Everyone can be burned.

The Charleston Daily Mail had a lenghtly piece on White's comments on Wednesday.


This we know: Van Zant has been at West Virginia 14 years and won 413 games. Twenty-nine of his players have been drafted and he has coached five All-Americans. Last season's 34-man roster did not include any African-Americans. White might know more -- Van Zant isn't speaking -- but baseball in general has a problem lately drawing African-Americans to the sport. I've been to the last 17 College World Series. I can't remember a time when there were less diverse rosters than this year. The number of African-Americans in Major League Baseball is down significantly.


So if West Virginia's baseball roster doesn't have any African-Americans, it could be a sign of the times. Maybe there is more to it. One thing is sure: Pat White has smeared Van Zant.  West Virginia baseball will never be the same. Maybe it shouldn't be but now the world will be clamoring for some sort of clarification/reinforcement/denial -- whatever -- from White.


You don't drop a racial bomb and then head out to practice like nothing happened.  I'm not saying White is wrong. I'm saying I don't know. I found myself in the uncomfortable situation of leaving a message for Van Zant in his office seeking comment.

"Every player I've talked to doesn't like him," White went on to say about Van Zant. "He's not a well-liked coach, but I guess he has tenure so they never got rid of him. They're not successful at all."

Every coach has his detractors -- from Krzyzewski to Knight. It's no surprise then that there is a site, gvz-sucks.com, that is dedicated to ripping Greg Van Zant as a coach. The coach is criticized for everything from batting his catcher leadoff to bunting with a five-run lead in the eighth inning.


I'm a bit uncomfortable even noting that since, like a lot of the blogosphere, it is posted anonymously. But so what, it's a free country? The real story is White basically calling Van Zant a racist. That means that, for now, it's no longer about chasing a Heisman or a national championship at West Virginia. The next words out of Pat White's mouth better include some sort of reference to the baseball coach. 

Understandly, AD Ed Pastilong is in scramble mode. He issued a statement Tuesday reinforcing the school's commitment to diversity.


"We're trying to do damage control," one staffer said.


It's Wednesday morning and this thing hasn't hit the four-letter yet but when it does it might push Brett Favre off the 24-hour loop. That would be the good thing but let's not trivialize this. The West Virginia athletic department and Van Zant's rep are suspended in mid-air until Pat White speaks again.

 

 

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Since: Oct 6, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 12:05 pm
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

I Don't know where to start, Do you kiss your clan leader with that mouth? another question, are you a racist because your daddy was? or was it your choice to be a racist D-bag, all by your self.  Also next time take your hood off when you post, you'll be able to see the keys better if you don't have to look through those tiny eye holes.



Since: Oct 21, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 12:02 pm
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Good grief. Hopefully White will stay out of trouble and avoid hanging out at baseball games with WVU basketball players. Apologies for the cheap shot, but just b/c he's the QB of a major college football program doesn't mean he's any more qualified than the rest of us to comment on a sports team he doesn't play for. There are schools (a high school and a university) that are within 6 miles of my residence that have over a 90 percent minority (or non-white) population. I've attended one of these schools along with a family member - not to mention countless friends. Care to guess the race/ethnicity of the people each school recruited to play soccer and baseball?




Since: Aug 22, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 11:59 am
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

I wonder, just wonder, if White may have just handed WV electoral votes to John McCain, if there was any doubt of it to begin with - which I have been reading there might be.



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 11:51 am
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

I have tremendous respect for Patrick White, but I certainly hope that he wouldn't make a comment like this unless he personally was the victim of some racist action by Van Zant.  You don't make comments like this publicly (especially about another sport at your university) unless you're willing to support your statements.  White is usually so intelligent and handles the media so well, I'm shocked he would drop something like this with the season so close.  He's entitled to speak his mind, but this is a serious accusation, not a throwaway comment.  WVU certainly doesn't need this bad publicity.


NoMercy
Since: Jun 28, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 11:49 am
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NoMercy
Since: Jun 28, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 11:47 am
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Since: Sep 24, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 11:47 am
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Lets take a poll, shall we? How many white guys play in the NBA? Major college teams? Not many. White should keep quiet until the basketball teams acors the country go out of their way to include white players, soley because they're white and not based on their skills. Sounds ridiculous doesn't it? i prove my case.



Since: Feb 23, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 11:45 am
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing onethe

Pat White's statement shouldn't be a surprise to anyone, especially a sports writer.  This problem (i.e., a severe diminishing number of African-Americans playing organized baseball) has been the subject of many feature articles over the past 18 months or so.  Blacks don't play baseball:  they play basketball and football.  Why?  No one can really explain it definitively, but it appears to be a 'zeitgeist' of sorts.  As soon as some Blacks don't play baseball in a neighbor"hood," other Blacks see it and they quit baseball.  Dodd should really be a jounralist and approach this from a the vantage point of a knowledgeable sports wrtier.  Query the questions "Why?" and "How?"



Since: Sep 18, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 11:45 am
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Oh Good Lord!  This is yet another thing we didn't need.


NoMercy
Since: Jun 28, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 11:44 am
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