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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: Jan 17, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 7:27 pm
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Baseball and men's soccer do not normally have the luxury of offering full ride scholarships to their athletes do to the restrictions of Title IX rules. This means that most of the players are footing some portion of the bill themselves. Before you blow a gasket, I am not saying that there aren't affluent African-American families that can afford to pay for college. I am just saying that the pool of white players that can and are willing to do it is probably larger.

If I was a great athlete of any race that was good at several different sports but did not have the finances available to foot a chunk of the bill, I would concentrate on the sport that offers the most opportunity. There are tons more full-ride football scholarships out there than baseball and soccer.

I know absolutely nothing about the baseball coach at West Virginia, so I will not speak about his recruiting habits, nor his feelings towards other races. I will only note the facts: There are a higher percentage of African-American families at lower income levels than at higher ones; and there are a lot more shots at a free college education is football than in baseball.



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 7:26 pm
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

HI



Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 7:10 pm
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Black ppl are good at skill positions in football,basketball, and track. Hispanics are good at beisbol. White ppl are good at being Off. lineman and QBs (changing slowly however) Sorry just how it is.




Since: May 3, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 6:47 pm
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

The baseball coach probaly called White out for doing something stupid and now White is acting like a little spoiled kid making comments to get back at him. White better have some kind of proof. Being a white person and being accused of being a racist is an image hard to shed, no matter if it's true or false.


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Since: Apr 12, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 6:30 pm
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Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 6:25 pm
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

My best guess would be money. Baseball requires a field, equipment and more financial resources than either basketball or football. Urban areas have being replacing "green spaces" i.e. parks, athletic fields with new construction. Less room to play and baseball requires a lot of area for a field.  Baseball also requires more people than the other sports mentioned. You can play three on three basketball or five on five football. Baseball does not lend itself to less people in the out

...Man.... all of your points are valid as to why there are less Black kids going into baseball compared to football or basketball....the financial reasons are very apparent.....but that covers the broader scope of baseball....there possibly are specific reasons as to why WVU has no Black players, and I'm sure if you research all college programs you will see similar numbers across the board....but in a few cases it just may be a racial motive behind it...and if thats the case it should be looked in to.....




Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 6:16 pm
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

BD 18...

you were welcome to march along in the million man march...there were many white folks there, of course you are too IGNORANT to realize that....and you can have your own million  man march anytime you choose...the rioting only occurs when you try to EXCLUDE folks, in a free country ...you are also free to use the n-word just like Whoopie or Jessie, although the consequences may be quite different....thats a choice an INTELLIGENT person has to make....would love to be around when you decide to take that chance....lol




Since: Oct 1, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2008 6:09 pm
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

"Black guy playing the race card.  Shocking.  How many white guys are on the basketball roster at WVU?"

, i could really could care less about Pat White or his comments but have you actually looked at WVU's B-Ball roster? its nothing but white guys!  lol



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2008 6:07 pm
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Should we be drawn to this article because of what Pat said? Should we be drawn to the article because of the writer? Should this topic be news-worthy in the first place?

Just my take: Pat White is entitled to his opinion....... fine. The program can rest on it's laurels by not recruiting blacks..... I want to know why this story is even printed. Not many blacks are in the sport anyway. Why not ask prominent black athletes why they are not attracted to the sport. Ask them why they feel they are not recruited for baseball........ Try and find out why Pat White finds it necessary to by be quoted on this topic.

This is no bomb. This is no story. This is the media "making news". "Nough said"




Since: Aug 13, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2008 5:42 pm
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

HELLO.   DID SOMEONE FORGET THAT IN THE SLAVERY YEARS  BLACKS WERE ALSO SLAVE OWNERS.  BLACKS THAT WERE FORTUNATE HAD BLACK  AND  WHITE SLAVES.  IS CONGRESS GOING TO GET US A DAY OF FORGIVENESS TOO.   I WONDER IF THE WHITES IN THIS COUNTRY HAD A MILLION MAN MARCH ON WASHINGTON, WHAT WOULD HAPPEN,      A RIOT  THATS WHAT.  PISS ON PAT WHITE.  HE BETTER PLAY BASEBALL BECAUSE THEY ARE NOT MANY RUNNING QUARTERBACKS THAT CANNOT THROW IN THE NFL.  BLACK OR WHITE.   VINCE YOUNG IS TRYING IT AND HE HASN'T WON A THING YET,  AND PAT WHITE CAN'T HOLD HIS JOCK.    GET OFF THE RACE CARD PEOPLE UNLESS OF COURSE YOU ARE WHOOPY GOLDBERG OR JESSIE JACKSON.  OK FOR THEM TO SAY THE "N" WORD BUT NOT ME.  SHIP THEM BOTH BACK TO AFRICA.  SOME OF MY BEST FRIENDS ARE BLACK AND THEY AIN'T VOTING FOR BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA. 


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