One of the best players in West Virginia football history is about to embark on his coaching career. According to multiple reports, including Garrett Kroeger of The Natchez Democrat, Pat White will be the next quarterback coach at Alcorn State University.
White has a storied legacy in Morgantown, West Virginia as a record-setting quarterback who was a key player in the surge of West Virginia football in the BCS era. The dynamic White ended his career at West Virginia with a record of 35-8 as a starter, which was highlighted by becoming the first quarterback to start in and win four consecutive bowl games (including the Sugar Bowl and Fiesta Bowl). White held the record for most career rushing yards by a quarterback until January 1, 2013 when Michigan’s Denard Robinson passed him (even though Robinson had rushing yards from a non-quarterback position).
Unfortunately, White’s professional career quickly fizzled. After being drafted in the second round by the Miami Dolphins in 2009, White was waived by the team the following preseason. White spent one season in the failed United Football League with the Virginia Destroyers. After two years away from pro football, White spent a brief stint with the Washington Redskins before being cut in September 2013, which was followed by one season with the CFL’s Edmonton Eskimos. White announced his retirement from football in March 2015.
I have no clue what college football did to Mother Nature, but she’s not a very happy camper at the moment.
Already this month, Iowa State (HERE), West Virginia (HERE) and Wisconsin (HERE) have been forced to cancel their respective spring games because of a weather forecast that’s not exactly optimal for football being played this time of the year. Minnesota’s spring game had been scheduled for Saturday afternoon; below is the forecast for the Minneapolis area in the coming days:
Unlike the other Power Five programs, however, Minnesota has decided against canceling the game and will instead move it up two days.
In its first season under P.J. Fleck, Minnesota’s 5-7 record was the program’s worst since going 3-9 in 2011 in the first season under Jerry Kill.
If you’re keeping score at home, it’s Mother Nature 2, Big 12 0.
Earlier this month, a winter storm that never materialized as it was forecast still prompted West Virginia to cancel its spring game. Monday, Iowa State announced that, due to poor weather conditions forecasted for the Ames area, its spring game scheduled for this coming Saturday has already been canceled and will not be rescheduled.
At the moment, the Weather Channel predicts a high of 47 this Saturday for Ames with a 70-percent chance of rain.
“Coach Campbell and I mutually decided to cancel the Spring Game due to the anticipated weather for Saturday,” Iowa State athletic director Jamie Pollard said in a statement. “We know this will be disappointing for our fans and players. The football team will use Saturday as their final practice in a closed practice similar to this spring.”
The Cyclones are coming off an eight-win season that was the program’s best 2000. Their Liberty Bowl win marked their first bowl win since the 2009 season.
ISU will open its third season under Matt Campbell Sept. 1 against FCS South Dakota State.
Dana Holgorsen has certainly developed an affinity for players who began their playing careers in the Pac-12.
On his personal Twitter account late last month, defensive tackle Kenny Bigelow announced that he would be transferring from USC to West Virginia. A week later, Denzel Fisher took to the same social media site to announce that he too would be moving on to WVU, joining Bigelow from rival UCLA.
Fisher’s pronouncement came after he had taken an official visit to the campus this weekend. He announced his decision to leave the Bruins in mid-March.
Both Fisher and Bigelow are headed to Morgantown as graduate transfers, making them eligible to play for the Mountaineers in 2018.
The last three seasons, Fisher played in 23 games for the Bruins, including seven appearances this past season. For his career thus far, he’s been credited with 30 tackles and four passes defensed.
It may be April but the wintry weather refuses to go away in the north. With that being the case, West Virginia has decided to scrap their spring game entirely and let fans know about it as soon as possible.
The West Virginia spring game was scheduled for this Saturday, April 7, but the university has canceled the game due to inclement weather ready to make its way through the region. The game will not be made up at a later time.
“Fan and player safety have to take priority. When you have snow predicted for much of the state on Saturday, we need to take the utmost caution to assure the safety of our student-athletes, while also avoiding elements that are problematic for our fans,” Director of Athletics Shane Lyons said in a released statement. “You would expect to not have to worry about snow accumulation in April, but that’s the forecast. After much consideration, we made this decision for the safety of all involved.”
Morgantown is looking at a high temperature of 40 degrees and snow showers before noon on Saturday. That doesn’t sound like the recipe for a day of spring football, even in the north.
The next time we see West Virginia will be in the 2018 season opener on Sept. 1 against Tennessee in Charlotte.