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USF hires former West Virginia star Pat White as running backs coach

White was most recently an assistant at Alcorn State.
Former West Virginia standout quarterback Pat White has been named the new running backs coach at USF. (TIMES 2005)
Former West Virginia standout quarterback Pat White has been named the new running backs coach at USF. (TIMES 2005) [ ZUPPA, CHRIS | St. Petersburg Times ]
Published Jan. 2, 2020
Updated Jan. 2, 2020

USF has hired former West Virginia standout Pat White as its new running backs coach, the Bulls announced Thursday.

White starred as a quarterback for the Mountaineers, where he was a two-time Big East Offensive Player of the Year. He was notably a member of the No. 5 West Virginia team USF beat in 2007 — still one of the biggest wins in Bulls history. That 2007 West Virginia team was still ranked No. 1 in the country before losing to Pitt in its final regular-season game, but went on to beat Oklahoma in the Fiesta Bowl.

More recently, White spent the last two seasons as the quarterbacks coach at Alcorn State. He tutored two different players (including Armwood High alumnus Noah Johnson) to become the SWAC’s Offensive Player of the year while helping the Braves win back-to-back league titles.

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"We are very excited to have Pat join our staff and lead our running backs unit," coach Jeff Scott said in a statement. "Pat was an electrifying player that I'm sure Bulls fans remember well. He played at a very high level, broke records and won a lot of games as a quarterback at West Virginia and has had tremendous success in two seasons coaching at Alcorn State. He will be a great coach and mentor for our USF players."

White accounted for 56 touchdown passes and 47 touchdown runs with the Mountaineers and was the only player in Big East history to be responsible for more than 100 touchdowns.

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After his collegiate career ended, he was a second-round pick by the Miami Dolphins. White also spent time in the NFL with Washington, played in the CFL and pursued a pro baseball career.