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.
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.