MORGANTOWN, W.Va. -- Odds and ends and a few things I think I think while trying to work up some anger toward the NCAA's decision to basically strip Pat White of his title as the best rushing quarterback of all time:
The truth is, I can't. Is it disappointing? Sure. But I find it hard to fault the NCAA, which might be the first time anyone has ever typed those words.
The organization last week declared that Michigan's Denard Robinson would go in the record book as the career record holder for rushing yards by a quarterback - that despite the fact that for the last three games of his career Robinson was not a quarterback. After gaining 106 yards in Michigan's bowl game, as a running back, Robinson finished with 4,495 rushing yards. White had held the record since 2008 at 4,480 yards.
OK, so you know that, as White tweeted last week, he "never took a handoff.'' Robinson did. He wasn't a quarterback for his final three games. In and of itself, that should be enough evidence to set the record straight and allow White's record to stand.
The problem is that the NCAA can't be expected to audit every play from every game, past and future, to determine what yards were - or will be - gained by a guy strictly playing quarterback. Imagine, especially in this day and age of ever-evolving offenses, how difficult that would be.
The NCAA's requirement for the category is that a player was primarily a quarterback. Robinson was. And that's probably about as deep into the research as the NCAA can afford to delve without it becoming ridiculously time-consuming.
Then again, there's a good argument to be made on the other side. More on that in a moment.
Think about that for a moment. That's all, just think about it.
So a group calling itself Fans of WVU Football claims that it will begin boycotting the university on Feb. 1.
Note to same: It's fine to vent, but be realistic. And perhaps hire someone to write your announcements.
In the wake of, well, everything that happened within the football program over the past few months, the group, in an e-mail seemingly drafted in crayon, vows to "not buy any more game tickets to any sport, buy any sports memorabilia licensed through the athletic department, or partake in any athletic department sponsored event ... if the following demands are not met."