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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,, 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: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2008 2:54 pm

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

You're all wrong guys!!  It's not a racist because the accusation is being made by a black man!!  It's ok for the black community to constantly throw out the race card for any reason.  There's a double standard in this country in case people haven't realized it.  It's ok for blacks to constantly and I do mean constantly throw out the race card for any and all reasons.  The truth to the matter is that white men are the most discriminated against race in this country.  It's ok to down a white man for everything because he was responcible for slavery in the 1700 & 1800's and for all of the segregation that ended in the 1960's.  So instead of getting over it and moving on with everyone's lives, it's constantly threw up by people who most of weren't even alive during all of that!  Funny how the black community and mainly the younger ones who weren't alive feel that they're owed something from the whites whom a large number of weren't around during these times either owe them something or take it upon themselves to continue the decades of resentment towards whites.  Again, get over it people!  One of the local radion stations in my area made an observation that you don't see Comedians making jokes about Barack Obama because they're scared of being called a racist.  Take note though that political cartoons and bashing of political figures in the news and talks shows has been going on in good humor for decades.  But this is how far it's come that we can't do it now because one of the figures is a black man.  Take into consideration too that the black community is every bit the racist that they accuse some of the white race of being.  I've been called a honky, cracker etc., but it was by a black person so it's ok, you let me throw out the "N" word and my world would end!  Double standard?  I think so.  You go Pat White, keep prooving my point for me.

Since: Oct 18, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 2:49 pm

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

...Maybe HE's calling it the way he's seen it since he's been a student there...maybe there is something more to it....maybe he has had personal conversations with the coach...just maybe his accusations or concerns are accurate....instead of whining about the "race card" being played, maybe its time YOU actually tried to understand WHY he said what he said....

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2008 2:47 pm

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

I meant...Black Latinos.

Since: Nov 27, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2008 2:47 pm

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Hmmm,...West VIrginia +Vick+Vick+White+Dodd=a storyteller in there, somewhere.Surely your not trying to associate the Vick brothers with WVU. They attended Virginia Tech which is in Virginia. West Virginia and Virginia are two seperate states.

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2008 2:42 pm

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

So basically in your flawed so-called knowledge....whites are the best baseball players? Talk about ridiculous. Now, if you were talking hockey...I probably would agree with you.....and even though American Blacks make up a small percentage of baseball players......the majority of the best players are still Black Hispanics.

Since: Feb 8, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2008 2:35 pm

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Its the only card that was in the deck.

Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 2:32 pm

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Comments like yours are not needed. You're obviously a racist biggot with the fried chicken comment. I wonder what makes you think you're better than someone based on the color of your skin. For the record I'm a 44 year old white male. I just can't stand biggots. Learn to love one another. You probably don't even know what the word prejudice means. It means to pre-judge. Think about it.

Since: Aug 5, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2008 2:30 pm

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

I'm a Mountaineer alum...obviously not too pleased with Pat's comments. It must be how he really feels, but good lord you don't go spouting off to the media about it. I still give him a pass on this one...the guy is single-handedly the most responsible for our recent success...I'm quite sure we are never able to kick the rear-ends off of the likes of the SEC and Big 12 champions in 2 of the last 3 seasons without him.
I can't wait for the season to start to see him again...definitely worth the price of a wide screen hdtv!

Since: Jan 29, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2008 2:24 pm

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one


You are pretty bold behind a keyboard with no one truly knowing who you are. I am Black guy and after 26 years in our nation's finest military I have never had to use the race card as you call it. You are the type guy I like to mee tup close and personal because then you are basically put on mute until you can hide behind your computer again. As for the Fried Chicken comment, I would bet you would not make a similar statement in my presence. Punk! 

Since: Feb 7, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 2:17 pm

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Agree 100%. What is the point of him trying to rile up his own school and throw another coach under the bus? I really don't get it and thought highly of Pat White's character up untill this point. I hope he loses to Rutgers or USF or whatever other Big East team with a decent defense, so we don't have to hear about his heisman hopes because he cant throw the ball past 30 yards anyway. Start playing baseball buddy because the NFL won't be calling.

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