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UFL touts Pat White as a “major signing”

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Those of you who have been following what we do for a while know that I’m a West Virginia guy.  And in order to truly be a West Virginia guy, you’ve got to be a WVU fan.  (With the exception of the Marshall fans, which has created a Hatfield-McCoy vibe in the state where the original family feud began.)

As a result, I like to see former Mountaineers do well in the NFL.  And plenty of them have.

One player who was expected to make an impact at the next level was Pat White, who as the 44th overall pick matched current WVU athletic director Oliver Luck (father of Andrew Luck) as the highest-drafted quarterback in school history.  In the end, the first college quarterback to win four bowl games made it through only one season, which ended rudely with Steelers cornerback Ike Taylor delivering a wicked helmet-to-helmet hit.

Cut by the Dolphins before the 2011 season, White gave professional baseball a try.  But he’s now back in football, joining the Virginia Destroyers and being touted as a “major signing.”

“I didn’t know whether or not this would happen,” White said in the release from the UFL.  “It’s a blessing and playing [for the Destroyers] is a great opportunity.”

It’s curious that the Destroyers would be giving White that “great opportunity,” given that coach Marty Schottenheimer supposedly isn’t interested in former Ohio State quarterback Terrelle Pryor (who likely would have been White’s successor at WVU if Rich Rodriguez hadn’t left for Michigan).  Said Schottenheimer earlier this month:  “With all due respect, we’ve got a quarterback, and we’re ready to move forward with him.”

They’ve now got another quarterback.  We wish White well, and we hope that a guy for whom it always seemed to come easily will find a way to reverse a year of hard times.

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18 Responses to “UFL touts Pat White as a “major signing””
  1. trbowman says: Jun 27, 2011 1:02 PM

    Derek Devine.

  2. dbellina says: Jun 27, 2011 1:10 PM

    WwWw.

    We wish White well.

    That has a nice ring to it.

  3. schmitty2 says: Jun 27, 2011 1:26 PM

    Pat White is a “major signing”?? Shows why the UFL is bush league

  4. purp4lyfe says: Jun 27, 2011 1:28 PM

    You are aware that your link to the wicked helmet to helmet hit actually take you to a you tube video of peter griffin saying chair on family feud…right??

  5. cletusvandam says: Jun 27, 2011 2:30 PM

    Pat White as a major signing tells me all I’ll ever need to know about the UFL

  6. shackdelrio says: Jun 27, 2011 2:59 PM

    Pat White: Winner of four bowl games.

    Unfortunately, the BCS title game was not one of them because he couldn’t beat a mediocre Pitt team the final game in 2007.

  7. hobartbaker says: Jun 27, 2011 3:08 PM

    Hatfields and McCoys both left W. Va. for a better life in the back hills of Kentucky. After realizing that “there ain’t room here fer the both of us”, there was a terrible fight over who got to leave, and who had to stay.

  8. purp4lyfe says: Jun 27, 2011 3:24 PM

    There you go….That is a ruthless hit man!!

  9. louderthanwords1 says: Jun 27, 2011 3:56 PM

    Schmitty2, cletusvandam – Who do you expect them to sign? Asomugha? Their not a league that is expected to compete with the NFL but rather a league where players get a 2nd chance to showcase what they have and try to parlay that into a chance or another chance in the NFL. It’s no different than the arena league. A major signing for them is not the same as a major signing in the NFL. Common sense should tell you that but I guess you both lack that(or maybe its any sense at all you lack?).

  10. hokiez says: Jun 27, 2011 3:57 PM

    Let’s see, did Pryor play at Michigan under the evil Rodriguez even though Rich Rod tried like all hell to get him? Oh yeah, he didn’t. Seems safe to assume that Pryor would have chosen WVU then.

    Sure….

  11. frankdatank23 says: Jun 27, 2011 4:26 PM

    having a high profile waterboy DID help the mud dogs…….. worth a shot.

  12. kirkmcguirk says: Jun 27, 2011 4:34 PM

    This IS a major signing.

    For Pat White!

    Regardless of what you guys think of the UFL, it is cool that young players get a chance to be coached up by the likes of Marty, Jim Fassel, etc. and there’s always a chance they might get back into the NFL.

  13. suncityman says: Jun 27, 2011 4:44 PM

    As a UFL fan, I would agree that “Major Signing” is a bit over the top. Even so, there is a lot to like about the UFL and having Pat White in a Destroyers uniform is just one more thing. Among other things the UFL provides an opportunity for players to improve at the pro level and I think Pat White is as deserving as any other recent NCAA star who didn’t quite “pan out” on their first go-round when jumping to the Pro level. On the Destroyers he will get first rate pro level coaching from guys with excellent NFL resumes. I wish Pat White and the Destroyers all the best, but as a Las Vegas fan I’ll still be cheering against them when they play my team. In October when the UFL season ends, presuming the NFL is back to work by then, who knows whether Pat White may be included in the average 40-50 UFL players picked up by NFL teams to help bolster their mid-season rosters. Either way, if he is ever to advance his pro career, I believe that he’s now in a place where he can have those questions answered.

  14. FinFan68 says: Jun 27, 2011 4:51 PM

    UFL touts Pat White as a “major signing”
    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    So did the Dolphins. That worked out well…

  15. schmitty2 says: Jun 27, 2011 5:45 PM

    louderthanwords1 says:
    Jun 27, 2011 3:56 PM
    Schmitty2, cletusvandam – Who do you expect them to sign? Asomugha? Their not a league that is expected to compete with the NFL but rather a league where players get a 2nd chance to showcase what they have and try to parlay that into a chance or another chance in the NFL. It’s no different than the arena league. A major signing for them is not the same as a major signing in the NFL. Common sense should tell you that but I guess you both lack that(or maybe its any sense at all you lack?).

    You must work for the UFL or be on Pat White’s payroll I take it. I fully have the “common sense” to figure out what the UFL is but saying that signing him is major is a tad overboard.

  16. donttouchthedirtypenny says: Jun 27, 2011 8:05 PM

    Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha.

    Hahahahahahahahahaaaaaarrrgh

  17. jerryd1 says: Jun 27, 2011 9:20 PM

    Now we can gauge if the UFL is really football or pretend.

    What’s next for “I won’t try another position” Peppermint Patty? Figure skating?

  18. phillyfinsfan says: Jun 28, 2011 5:27 AM

    I think the second round selection of Pat White by Bill Parcells was proof that his time has past.

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