How about an early storyline for West Virginia’s 2014 season opener against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the Chick-fil-A Kickoff game this August?
Former West Virginia and current Edmonton Eskimo quarterback Pat White commented on his Facebook page Wednesday that Alabama offered the legendary Mountaineer signal caller more than just a scholarship to come play football in Tuscaloosa. White said, “Stop pretending like you didn’t know the crimson tide has been doing this for years. Still glad I turned down a Corvette to become a mountaineer.”
White’s comment comes off the controversy brought on by Alabama running back recruit Derrick Henry posting a picture on his Instagram account standing in front of a sharp, new Dodge Charger on Monday. It has been a long running rumor that top tier Southeastern Conference programs offering money or other gifts to push a recruit over the edge to sign with their team.
Before going ahead, White’s comments about his recruitment by Alabama is not entirely accurate.
The misinformation in White’s comment on Facebook is that Alabama never formally offered the quarterback a scholarship that year, let alone offering a Corvette, according to his profile on recruiting site Rivals.com. White was a one-time LSU Tigers commit before signing with West Virginia on signing day as well as being offered by fellow SEC programs Auburn, Kentucky, Mississippi State and Vanderbilt.
Was White telling the truth about the Corvette offer to come play football at Alabama or was he just trying to stir the pot as it were with both teams playing this year? It remains to be seen.
The NCAA is standing on a very slippery slope as more and more controversies pop up from student-athletes allegedly being paid or given gifts as if they were their professional counterparts playing on Sundays.
No matter where the actual truth lies in this situation, White’s comment will likely increase the anticipation for the first ever meeting between West Virginia and Alabama on a football field on August 30in Atlanta, GA.
As if the game, now a little more than two months away, needed any more hype.