The Times West Virginian

WVU Sports

January 6, 2013

FURFARI COLUMN: NCAA unfair in White ruling

MORGANTOWN —  I firmly believe that the NCAA has done an injustice to Pat White.

That organization has ruled that the former West Virginia University quarterback does not hold the all-time record for most rushing yards by a signal-caller.

Why? Because Denard Robinson of Michigan padded his rushing total from a running back position — not as a quarterback — in his final three games.

Robinson finished with 106 yards rushing for Michigan in last Tuesday’s Outback Bowl game. A teammate was the starting quarterback then.

The yards boosted the Wolverine’s career total to 4,495 rushing yards on 723 carries. So he wound up with 15 rushing yards more than White’s total and all-time record.

As WVU’s great quarterback from 2005-08, the Alabama native is one of only two college quarterback in history to win four consecutive bowl games. The other is Florida State’s EJ Manuel. He earned numerous honors while here.

White rushed for 4,480 yards as a Mountaineer on 604 carries.

Mike Montoro, WVU director of football communications, appealed the NCAA’s ruling. He strongly suggested that White should still hold the record.

In an email to NCAA officials, Montoro protested that Robinson did not play quarterback — but running back — in his last three games and that his rushing yards in those games shouldn’t count in the specific competition.

After Robinson suffered an injury in his right elbow, Robinson played running back in Michigan’s final three games. It clearly was a matter of record.

He gained a grand total of 320 rushing yards in those contests and threw just one pass.

In response to his email, Montoro received a phone call from Gary Johnson, the NCAA associate director of championships and alliances, on Friday.

He said Johnson told him that Robinson’s record stands because he remains listed as a QB on Michigan’s roster and is widely known as a quarterback.

Johnson did say, however, that it will be noted that White got all of his rushing yards as a quarterback.

But that doesn’t satisfy Montoro or White.

“I just don’t agree with the NCAA’s ruling,” Montoro said. “And he (Johnson) knew that when I hung up the phone.

“I just don’t think it is right. But we can’t do anything about it.”

The NCAA knowingly isn’t always right, or so it has seemed to a guy who’s in his 67th year on the WVU sports beat.

For example, the NCAA’s periodic practices, in the 1950s and ’60s, of legislating three-year varsity careers was ridiculous.

It was clearly unfair to collegiate athletics of those periods. They had to waste a year of varsity competition.

For years now they all enjoy four-year careers.

1
Text Only
WVU Sports
  • WVU takes first step Thursday

    Perhaps the most used – and least factual – cliché in sports is as follows:
    “There’s no tomorrow.”
     

    July 30, 2014

  • Must WVU defense carry offense in ’14?

    The other day the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ran a story under the following headline:
     

    July 30, 2014

  • smallwood-wendell(1)-2.jpg Charges against Smallwood dropped

     West Virginia University running back Wendell Smallwood took to Twitter mid-afternoon Tuesday to express his feelings after charges of witness intimidation against him were dropped by the state of Delaware.
    It took him only three words to say what was on his mind: “God is Good.” Smallwood is now free to return to West Virginia and rejoin his Mountaineer teammates when they open camp for the 2014 season Thursday.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • Charges against Smallwood dropped

    West Virginia University running back Wendell Smallwood took to Twitter mid-afternoon Tuesday to express his feelings after charges of witness intimidation against him were dropped by the state of Delaware.

    July 29, 2014

  • Were Bowlsby’s fears about college athletics’ future justified?

    I have never met or even talked to Bob Bowlsby, commissioner of the Big 12 Conference.
    But I did read a lengthy story on his 45-minute address to reporters last week on Media Day in Dallas, Texas. Among other things, Bowlsby forecast a startling change threatening the existence of intercollegiate athletics as we have known for these many, many years.

    July 28, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Big 12 provides plenty of optimism

    This past week the Big 12 held its annual media gathering in Dallas and served up a heaping portion of optimism for the 2014 season that is now upon us, West Virginia University opening its preseason practices on Thursday.
    This is a time of year when no one has lost a game, not even Charlie Weis at Kansas, and it’s a time of year when opinions are more plentiful than tattoos in an NFL locker room.

    July 27, 2014

  • Seider's brother commits to WVU

    West Virginia University’s football team has received a commitment from one of its own.

    July 26, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: Big 12 provides much optimism heading into 2014 season

    This past week the Big 12 held its annual media gathering in Dallas and served up a heaping portion of optimism for the 2014 season that is now upon us, West Virginia University opening its preseason practices on Thursday.

    July 26, 2014

  • HERTZEL COLUMN: WVU needs White to follow in former receivers’ footsteps

    A year ago Clint Trickett took a lot of grief as the once potent West Virginia offense came unraveled, but there is more that than meets the eye.
    The criticism was not unfounded, of course, although behind each incomplete pass there was the pain Trickett was suffering through to throw it, his rotator cuff in need of surgery.

    July 26, 2014

  • Forsey posts Top 10 finish at World Championships

    Freshman Jillian Forsey of the West Virginia University cross country team finished ninth at the 2014 IAAF World Junior Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
    Forsey, a native of Stephenville, Newfoundland and Labrador, was representing Team Canada. She was the first Canadian to cross the finish line in the women’s 5,000-meter run, finishing in ninth place overall in 16:02.55.

    July 26, 2014

Featured Ads
WVU Sports Highlights
NDN Sports
House Ads
NCAA Breaking News
NCAA Photos