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Pat White Makes it Known Who He Wants as WVU Athletic Director

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Pat White influenced a major hire by West Virginia in the past. Can he do it again? Time will tell, but the WVU football legend has now made his thoughts know and endorsed a candidate to be the program’s next athletic director.

White tweeted what matter most to him in an athletic director and provided a name in a tweet Wednesday afternoon. “It’s simple. Relationship matter. Since they do, Matt Borman is the AD for WVU,” said White.

For anyone unaware about Borman, he is someone with a strong WVU connection, both as a graduate student and then most recently with the athletic department for eight years. Currently, Borman is serving as President and Chief Executive Officer for LSU’s Tiger Athletic Foundation (TAF). Prior to leaving West Virginia to be the Deputy Athletic Director at Georgia, Borman worked his way up to the title of Senior Associate Athletic Director at WVU and the Executive Director of the Mountaineer Athletic Club, a position he held from 2012 to 2017.

Borman’s profile on the TAF page highlights his accomplishments throughout his career in administration. “During his four years at Georgia, Borman oversaw the most successful fundraising period in the history of Bulldog Athletics. He led the department to unprecedented success with over $140M in a 4-year span including surpassing 1,200 donors to their major giving initiatives,” the TAF website explains about his time at Georgia.

He’s enjoyed success everywhere he’s been, but most of Borman’s professional resume includes his time at West Virginia. The TAF site also details everything the Mountaineer, who has a masters in sports management from WVU, did for the university overall.

“Prior to his time at Georgia, Borman served as West Virginia’s lead fundraiser and the executive director of the Mountaineer Club. Under his leadership, fundraising at West Virginia reached record levels with his efforts leading to a new basketball practice facility, weight room and team room for the football program and a women’s soccer practice facility. Borman also served as a member of the senior leadership team for the WVU Foundation, the university’s fundraising arm,” summarize Borman’s WVU tenure.

Borman was the Director of Major Gifts at Old Dominion before returning to Morgantown to embark on the bulk of his career in 2008.

While it’s unclear how much stock WVU would put into the opinions of White or any other notable alum, especially since Pat McAfee has made it known that he does not have a relationship with the athletic department, White, who is working as an offensive assistant with the NFL’s Los Angeles Chargers, has never been shy about telling the school what it should so concerning a big decision.

He famously proclaimed the late Bill Stewart should be promoted to head coach to replace the departed Rich Rodriguez during the trophy presentation after leading the Mountaineers to a Fiesta Bowl win over Georgia in 2008. White cryptically tweeted “we gave you the blueprint” following Garrett Greene’s performance in the win over Oklahoma on Saturday, leaving most to assume he is referring to how the program has enjoyed its greatest success throughout its history with a dual threat mobile quarterback like Greene.

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WVU parted ways with Shane Lyons on Monday, ending his eight year reign as athletic director. University president Gordon Gee has said the decision to find Lyons’ replacement should come in the coming weeks.

 

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Mike Asti is an experienced media personality and journalist with a vast résumé and skillset, most notably with TribLIVE Radio, WPXI and 93.7 The Fan. Asti now serves as the Managing Editor of WV Sports Now, manages and serves as the lead host for Pittsburgh Sports Live and contributes to Steelers Now, Pittsburgh Sports Now and Nittany Sports Now. He also contributes to West Virginia's Metro News among other outlets.

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  1. Stephen Eugene McClure

    November 18, 2022 at 10:21 am

    Who really cares what Pat White thinks? He was a great QB for WVU but last I heard he wasn’t part of the process to find a new AD. Stories like this are disruptive to the process.

  2. Mike Asti

    November 18, 2022 at 10:38 am

    Nowhere in the story does it say Pat White is literally part of the process. That does not mean fans do not want to know his opinion if he offers it. This is a media outlet. We are not here to work to serve WVU. We are here to offer information and analysis.

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