Quarterback Pat White had a prolific college football career at West Virginia, finishing as the Mountaineers’ all-time leader in total offensive yards with 10,531 (6,051 passing and 4,480 rushing).
West Virginia apparently is lucky it landed him, as White has caused a great deal of controversy by claiming that Alabama offered him a Corvette to get him to come to Tuscaloosa.
White’s comments were provoked by Crimson Tide freshman running back Derrick Henry, who posted this photo on Instagram of him posing with a lavish-looking new car.
When speculation arose as to how Henry acquired his new wheels, White intervened with his two cents in a Facebook post.
“Stop pretending like you didn’t know the crimson tide has been doing this for years,” White wrote. “Still glad I turned down a Corvette to become a mountaineer.”
Truthful or not, White’s claim understandably raised many eyebrows, as offering any sort of gift to a recruit is a blatant violation of NCAA policy.
Alabama head coach Nick Saban took over in Tuscaloosa in 2007, while White played at West Virginia from 2005 to 2008. Saban still was asked about White’s comments on Thursday, and he clearly was not pleased.