You can be the most diehard of Mountaineer fan and still hate Greg Van Zant. I certainly do. The man is a waste of human existence, which wouldn't be so bad if he worked at Jiffy Lube. Unfortunately, he has just a slightly more high-profile job: head coach of Mountaineer baseball.
But as much as I hate him, I had given up hope of seeing him fired from his job. I just figured he would keep missing the NCAA Tournament for another 30 years until he finally croaked and we had to bury him behind Hawley Field.
Well, today, my hope is restored. And, of course, leave it to our savior Pat White to do the restoring.
Asked if he had spoken directly with Van Zant about playing for him, White said: "(No), he wasn’t (excited). He wasn’t interested."
Then he paused and added:
"In my knoweldge of West Virginia baseball, there’s not been many players of my race on his team. He’s not too high on it.
"Every player I’ve talked to doesn’t like him. He’s not a well-liked coach but I guess he has tenure so they never got rid of him. They’re not successful at all."
Asked if he might have played if there were a different baseball coach at West Virginia, White said, "Maybe."
I realize White is simply speculating here, but c'mon: if Pat White told me to jump off a bridge, I would do it. In that same vein, if he calls Van Zant a racist, I will believe it. This is a man that, as per his Wikipeda page, punished players for attending church. As I see it, I want my players doing all they can to hit a good curve ball.
So why not believe White? He seems to have a lot more credibility than Van Zant at this point.