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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.



Category: NCAAF

Since: Feb 1, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2008 12:56 pm

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Surprised?  What the heck, how many white guys are on top NCAA basketball teams? 

Since: Mar 6, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2008 12:55 pm

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

True or Not, it isn't Pat Whites job to throw that card out there, I am not sure what the black population is in WV but I don't think many blacks date and have relations with their kin folk and surely don't go after sheep.  so I would bet the black population is not that large in that state and most smart people wouldn't go to that university anyway only rejects that can't get into finer institutions. 

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 12:50 pm

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Oh Really, so you're saying John Thompson didn't recruit white players.  Did you ever hear about White players being told that they wouldn't get playing time if they went to Georgetown by other coaches.  I'm sure Pat White is closer to the situation than all of you other people that swear they know it all. 

And what a nice fried chicken comment... Way to go and it's always the racists that come on say they pull the race card.   I'm tired of the "Run Nigger Run" syndrome.  

Since: Apr 12, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2008 12:46 pm

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

why is it the responsibility of White, Latin and Asians to get more African-Americans to play baseball? If they don't want to, so what? Let's see some African-Americans recruit White, Latin and Asians into basketball. It's soooooo unfair!!##$%^&*


What a pathetic joke. Real big surprise though, really.

Since: Sep 9, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 12:45 pm

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Wow.  This really isn't very good journalism at all.  Interviewed is one anonymous staffer...."We're trying to do damage control"?  This story seems more rushed than any I've read. 

Anyhow....the decline of  African-American athletes in baseball isn't the story here.  That news is old.  Some young athletes just need to know when to pipe up, or at least be careful of what they say and who they throw under the bus.  Did White have a meeting with the baseball team to discuss Van Zant?  Maybe a two-minute drunken conversation at a frat party with a 3rd string OF?  the world may never know.

Since: Feb 26, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2008 12:44 pm

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Give me a break. Talking about blowing somthing out of proportion.  All of you people talking abot the "race card" need to get a life and learn how to comprehend as well as read.   Pat White made a statement about one guy coaching one team.  In his opintion (which he has a right to) he doesn't think that coach recruits Black players.  Since there aren't any, he may be right but the intelligent response is to figure out why and not accuse him of starting a race war.  Grow the @#&% up.

Since: Nov 30, 2007
Posted on: July 30, 2008 12:33 pm

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

 This crap has to stop. Someone (perhaps the university president/faculty) better hold this kid's feet to the fire over this blast. He just ruined a man's rep and possibly his future over this careless and ignorant comment. What would happen if a white QB commented on the recruiting habits of a black basketball coach who rarely if ever has a white kid on his roster - i.e. what John Thompson did for 3 decades at Georgetown.

 Black kids simply don't play baseball as much anymore. I don't really know why, but its true.

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 12:31 pm

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Its TRUE! I have lived in Morgantown all my life and I have heard the exact same thing. He is jealous of the football program and hates all football players (black and white). Its time for Van Crap to go to Michigan.

Since: Jul 30, 2008
Posted on: July 30, 2008 12:27 pm

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Hmmm,...West VIrginia +Vick+Vick+White+Dodd=a storyteller in there, somewhere.  Three out of the four want(ed) to be on the same fast track of "SHOW ME THE MONEY!!!"  And, anyone knows that the MLB is not the same 'given' as the NFL or the NBA, because it is an organization that only rewards hard work, which may take years to perfect, to get to the big league.  White was asked to show his athlecticism, but he obviously thought all he had to do was run the bases.  His claim to not being able to hit the curve ball may be true (ref. Michael Jordan) may have some merit but, if the truth be known, he belongs in the same league as Dodd, both of whom like to make up stories, especially where they are unfit to make the team.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: July 30, 2008 12:16 pm

Pat White drops a bomb instead of throwing one

Hey, WVU!  Welcome to the limelight!!!  Hope you all enjoy all the mudslingin!!!  It's great being a university on the map, isn't it?  Where everything anyone does is the NEWS.  Being an OU fan, we know a little about that.  Look on the bright side, this means your teams have actually arrived. 

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