Big East West Virginia Football

West Virginia's Pat White, Big East 2007 offensive player of the year and 2008 Heisman Trophy candidate, is interviewed for TV during the Big East Football media day on Tuesday in Newport, R.I.

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — West Virginia quarterback Pat White has apologized for his comments that accused Mountaineer baseball coach Greg Van Zant of not pursuing black athletes.

White issued a statement through the university Thursday saying he may have overstated his feelings on college baseball and the WVU baseball program. White says he’s sorry his comments have caused so many distractions.

White has been selected three times in baseball’s amateur draft. He was asked Tuesday at the Big East football media day in Newport, R.I., whether he had spoken with Van Zant about the possibility of playing college baseball.

White said Van Zant “wasn’t interested” in having him on the team and was “not too high” on black players. There were no blacks on the 2008 WVU baseball roster.

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