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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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Comments

Since: May 2, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 5:04 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 outfield.  




Since: Nov 19, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2008 4:37 pm
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

I'd like to see you get drafted in the 4th round. Then you can have room to talk about not being able to hack it. I am a student at West Virginia and it is a well known fact that Van Zant is a racist.




Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 4:34 pm
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

the race baiters call racism all over the place with out any evidence to back up their chargesCrash...can you give me a few examples of race baiters without any evidence that you are referrring to?



Since: Jul 25, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 4:26 pm
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Baylor faithful your point is great and proves into the double standard that we have in America. I think it is time to teach our youth that you must possess an Internal Locus of Control!  



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 4:20 pm
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

...the WVU baseball coach doesn't owe Black athletes any special consideration to make his team, but he also shouldn't deny any athletes opportunities along racial lines...no evidence yet that shows this is a racial issue, but maybe it needs to be looked in to....I doubt that White would bring it up if there wasn't something there....



Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 4:10 pm
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

...why is it so easily dismissed if A Black person has an issue regarding race...why is it so easy to defend the accused...the accusations are often TRUE....we have a loooooonnnnnggggg history of it....or maybe some of us have poor memories....



Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 4:07 pm
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

What do you mean people don't make those comments with out being able to back them up?  the race baiters call racism all over the place with out any evidence to back up their charges.  The charge itself is all the evidence they think they need.



Since: Jul 11, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 4:02 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?  How many white guys are on any major college basketball roster for that matter?  If the % is low does that mean that the coach hates white guys?  How race friendly was John Thompson at Georgetown?



Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 3:49 pm
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Alot of the replies in here are comical. Since when was Pat White blaming anyone? He simply said why he hasn't pursed baseball at WVU. If he really wanted to play baseball, he could have transferred or taken a scholarship elsewhere as a Freshman.

People act as though he's tried to make the team and after he was cut went on a racial rampage.

 




Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 3:47 pm
 

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Until the NBA starts putting a proportional amount of white players in the NBA  (of course blacks have no problem there) blacks should just shut up and stop blaming everyone else for their shortcomings.

....the debate is not that there aren't enough Blacks in any given sport...football, baseball, basketball, etc....there is no set % for Blacks in any sport that I'm aware of....but if there are REASONS other than ABILITY as to why there are no Black baseball players at WVU, and a pretty good athlete with baseball abilities like White has an issue with the coach then MAYBE it needs to be examined....



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