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Nick Saban lobs a ‘kiss my ass’ when asked about Pat White Corvette allegations

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OK, this is gonna take a not-so-quick, get-you-up-to-speed moment or two.

Earlier this week, Alabama running back Derrick Henry posted a picture on Twitter of himself standing in front of what appears to be an extremely nice and relatively new Dodge Challenger, with a comment of “[e]verybody meet my new baby.”  Because the unveiling of an expensive car involved a player from the SEC in general and Alabama specifically, it of course set off a maelstrom of “CHEATERS!!!” accusations across the vast expanses of the Internet.

One of those caught up in the maelstrom?  Former West Virginia and current CFL quarterback Pat White, who decided to post the following to his Facebook page Wednesday:

Pat White Facebook

White played his high school football in Mobile, Ala. The Crimson Tide reportedly recruited him as a running back while White only wanted to play quarterback, which he ultimately did — very successfully — under Rich Rodriguez at West Virginia in the middle to end of last decade.

Nick Saban, who was the head coach at LSU at the time of White’s recruitment and is, coincidentally or not, a native of Fairmont, WV, was asked by a media member about White’s “accusations” during a Crimson Tide Caravan event in Nashville. His response?

Or, better yet, his video response?  Courtesy of The Tennessean, see below:


And, just like the Jameis Winston video from earlier in the day, that was a letdown.  Saban was obviously perturbed by the question, but more along the lines of “gimme a break, get a life, I don’t need this ****” to the reporter than anything untoward in regards to White, which was the initial tack the “kiss my ass” headlines took.

In other words, chalk this up to being the middle of May and meaningful college football action being both a month in the rearview and another couple of months out on the horizon.

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29 Responses to “Nick Saban lobs a ‘kiss my ass’ when asked about Pat White Corvette allegations”
  1. Professor Fate says: May 15, 2014 9:45 PM

    From offering Corvettes to Challengers? Wow, college football players really do need a union, don’t they?

  2. senorpapino says: May 15, 2014 9:54 PM

    ESPN has OK State’s sanctions all over the headlines but not a single article about Pat White’s claim. Gotta protect that $EC network

  3. jimbo75025 says: May 15, 2014 10:11 PM

    A Corvette for Pat White? Ha ha. In his dreams.

    A Ford Pinto-now that I would possibly believe.

    If Pat White was worth a Corvette then sooner or later we are going to see somebody who doesn’t suck show up with a Bugatti.

  4. scbaby2013 says: May 15, 2014 10:11 PM

    How about Adrian foster of the volunteers. No sanctions were given.

    In the course of a four-hour interview, Foster contrasted his dire financial straits at the University of Tennessee to the commerce surrounding the Volunteers football program. He also disclosed (see video, above) that he received money during his senior season.
    “I don’t know if this will throw us into an NCAA investigation — my senior year, I was getting money on the side,” said Foster. “I really didn’t have any money. I had to either pay the rent or buy some food. I remember the feeling of like, ‘Man, be careful.’ But there’s nothing wrong with it. And you’re not going to convince me that there is something wrong with it.

    Guess NCAA can pick and choose who they sanction smh

  5. Deb says: May 15, 2014 10:26 PM

    Ah, Nick. Always good for a colorful comment to the press. What he should have said was that not even Mike Shula would be stupid enough to offer Pat White a Corvette. Then again, though White wasn’t heavily recruited by Alabama, Saban did want him for LSU. Guess everyone’s entitled to one mistake :)

    Florio always carried on as though this guy was Russell Wilson before Russell Wilson, but he’d be lucky to get into an NFL game today with a ticket. And based on his delusions about the Corvette (which might be believable coming from a real quarterback), that infamous hit Steelers corner Ike Taylor put on him a few years ago did more damage than anyone realized.

  6. YouMadCauseImStylingOnYou says: May 15, 2014 10:39 PM

    “The NCAA doesn’t care that my coaches were bag men for players on my team, you think I’m going to worry about Pat White?”

    Ah life in the SEC.

  7. tgaustin says: May 15, 2014 10:46 PM

    Dre Kirkpatrick anyone?

  8. irishdodger says: May 15, 2014 10:46 PM

    Saban wasn’t even in Bama’s thoughts back then. Don’t know if White is telling the truth, but Bama sure could have used him…they were horrible pre-Saban.

  9. Deb says: May 15, 2014 10:50 PM

    irishdodger …

    The Tide wouldn’t have been any better with Pat White.

  10. Deb says: May 15, 2014 10:57 PM

    Of course, if they want us to forfeit some of our losses from that era based on Pat White’s Facebook posts, it’s fine by me.

  11. bostonfrogs says: May 16, 2014 1:20 AM

    To be fair, with only an SEC education to support him, the average Alabama player has a better than decent chance of sleeping in that Corvette one day. Kudos to Saban for thinking of the young man’s future welfare.

  12. phinagain says: May 16, 2014 1:48 AM

    As a Dolphins fan, I know first-hand how poorly White did in the NFL, but just for the record, he certainly had a phenomenal career as WV, which I’m sure brought them more than enough money to buy Corvettes for all the coaches.

    And why does Saban always get this kind of pass from the media? He is consistently a grade A douche bag to anyone that doesn’t consistently – as he himself put it – kiss his @ss. I get it: he wins a lot of games. But that’s not a license to be a narcissistic, condescending jerk bag to everyone that asks him a question that’s not “why are you so great”. At least it shouldn’t be.

  13. Slim Charles says: May 16, 2014 2:35 AM

    it’s kind of funny how when players are jerks to the media people get super mad at them but when coaches do it they love it. it’s probably a race thing

  14. armstrongsmissingball says: May 16, 2014 2:52 AM

    Is anyone surprised at this…..? I mean come on been happening forever and will until the NCAA isn’t paid by the very schools it polices.

  15. dcroz says: May 16, 2014 6:20 AM

    phunagain and Slim Charles: Saban gets a pass from the media? Get serious; he’s been heaviliy criticized by the media many times for his statements or stances (see the recent efforts to slow down hurry-up offenses for one). No one is reacting to this because 1) it’s a meaningless question since Saban was not involved in this allegation and it would be outside the statute of limitations in any event, and 2) it’s pretty much become par for the course for him much the way it was for Bobby Knight, so unless he throws a chair across the field–or spanks one of his players, which considering it was AJ “I’m Mr. Perfect, You Don’t Know How To Win” McCarron, perhaps he should have done so more often–no one really pays much attention to it.

  16. boomgrounder says: May 16, 2014 7:01 AM

    Pat White was a great CFB QB and was recruited by Alabama as an Athlete. White has told this story to WV local Media previously but it was not widely reported. Get over it Saban. BTW Nick you are an ASS!

  17. TeamBalco says: May 16, 2014 8:36 AM

    This picture of NS is Priceless!

  18. noaxetogrind says: May 16, 2014 8:46 AM

    Obviously everybody on here is going to believe what they want to believe. Some people will arrive at their conclusions based on objective evidence and their ability to reason. Others will use this as an opportunity to believe whatever best futhers their personal agenda, regardless of the truth. That being said, some comments are more humorous than others; @ senorpapino, is your protestation serious? Uh yea, the fact that Oklahoma States academic performance is so bad with their football team that they will lose a practice day every week of the football season next year is a much bigger story than a guy claiming in an unsubstantiated story that 15 years ago somebody alledgedly offered him a car to attend the school that they were a booster of. One story is full of facts and current. The other story is old and hear say. If you have information that says otherwise Im sure ESPN will be happy to broadcast it loud and clear.

  19. dhardy8207 says: May 16, 2014 9:48 AM

    Sounds like someone is trying to catch another 15 minutes of fame. I would have to almost bet the farm that {IF} White was offered something that lavish by anyone connected to Bama he would have been out with this long ago especially since his NFL dreams never came to pass.

    Of course the article title having anything to do with Saban or Bama is bound to receive a ton of idiotic comments from those still licking sore wounds.

  20. wvufan82 says: May 16, 2014 10:17 AM

    You all know that he was recruited as a CB by LSU not QB right?

  21. 8to80texansblog says: May 16, 2014 10:21 AM

    I love that an SC fan is throwing stones at Arian Foster’s coaches giving him money for Taco Bell.

  22. floridacock says: May 16, 2014 5:54 PM

    Surprised Saban and other coaches don’t say that more often

  23. musketmaniac says: May 16, 2014 6:01 PM

    I owned a restaurant on wvu`s campus while white was there. He had a good reputation, and he didn’t spend anymore cash than your average player. He came to wvu because we didn’t list him as an `athlete`, and we gave him the opportunity to play qb.

  24. reesesteel23 says: May 17, 2014 10:23 AM

    Dick Satan strikes again

  25. onlyoneleft says: May 18, 2014 6:35 PM

    The SEC will lower the morals of any kid. These coaches don’t give a rat’s ass about their players.

  26. packerbadger says: May 19, 2014 11:15 AM

    $ECheat strikes again!

    onlyoneleft… are wrong…$ECheat has NO morals to lower. But however, you are correct that $ECheat coaches don’t give a rats ass about their players.

  27. packerbadger says: May 19, 2014 1:50 PM

    If ya can’t beat’em, SECheat’em!

  28. 8to80texansblog says: May 20, 2014 5:41 PM

    packerbadger says:
    May 19, 2014 1:50 PM

    If ya can’t beat’em, SECheat’em!

    We’ll see if you can beat ’em in a few months won’t we…?

  29. casualmalexlfan says: May 22, 2014 4:59 PM

    Where did you guys get that pic of Nick Saban taking a bite out of a giant invisible apple while riding his invisible motorcycle?

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