White will again miss Heisman cer­e­mony, but he has a good rea­son

The Oklahoman - - HEISMAN EXTRA - BY JENNI CARL­SON Colum­nist jcarl­[email protected]­la­homan.com

Ja­son White won’t be in New York City on Satur­day night for the Heisman Tro­phy cer­e­mony. Again. “I’m sure I’ll get freakin’ blasted for not go­ing again,” he said with a chuckle. Not that he cares what the court of pub­lic opin­ion has to say about his ab­sence. As a for­mer Heisman win­ner, White has an open in­vi­ta­tion to at­tend the cer­e­mony and wel­come the new win­ner to the club. But last year when Baker May­field won, the ab­sence of for­mer Sooner win­ners was noted. Billy Sims was there, but Steve Owens, Sam Brad­ford and White were ab­sent. That drew the ire of Sooner Na­tion. White wanted to be there last year and wishes he could be there this week­end, but fam­ily comes first. White has been coach­ing son Tadon’s bas­ket­ball team for sev­eral years. “We have a big tour­na­ment we play ev­ery sec­ond week­end in De­cem­ber,” White said. “It al­ways falls on the Heisman. “Kind of sucks.” But this will be White’s last year coach­ing Tadon, who will be in sev­enth grade next year and play­ing on his mid­dle school’s teams. That means White will have the chance to go to New York then — but it also means he isn’t miss­ing the chance to coach Tadon in this tour­na­ment one last time. White knows he only has one shot at th­ese dad mo­ments, so while he rec­og­nizes the grandeur of the Heisman and looks for­ward to be­ing at the cer­e­mony again, this week­end he’ll be with a bunch of 11- and 12-yearolds, telling them to hus­tle and re­mind­ing them to box out.

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