Former West Virginia stars Pat McAfee, Pat White named as honorary coaches for 2024 Spring Game

McAfee setting up a punt during his WVU career.
McAfee setting up a punt during his WVU career. / Marc Serota/GettyImages

A pair of West Virginia Mountaineer legends will take the sideline once again, performing duties as honorary coaches during the WVU Gold-Blue Spring Football Game on Saturday.

Former kicker/punter Pat McAfee and quarterback Pat White will be in Morgantown to lead  the Gold and Blue squads, respectively. McAfee and White were members of the program during a peak era for Mountaineer football -- spanning four seasons from 2005-2008, the pair helped lead the team to an overall mark of 42-9. 

During this period, WVU would go 4-0 in postseason competition, capturing two Big East championships and two BCS Bowl victories along the way. Both players would be drafted into the NFL, with McAfee turning into one of the most successful late-round selections in WVU history and becoming a prominent NFL specialist.

The pair will hopefully bring extra attention to the action in Morgantown on Saturday -- White is an NFL offensive assistant with the Los Angeles Chargers, while McAfee is a widely popular and esteemed sports media analyst, working with College Gameday and hosting The Pat McAfee Show on ESPN and YouTube. He also features as a color commentator for pro wrestling organization WWE on its Monday Night Raw programming.

This year's Spring Game will feature four-quarter Gold vs. Blue contest, with various specialty competitions, drills, and ceremonies interspersed between quarters.

For fans wanting to attend the game in-person, kickoff is set for 12 p.m. Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium in Morgantown. Admission is free with the gates set to open at 11 a.m. -- fans are required to claim a ticket by clicking this link. All tickets will be issued via mobile delivery, and those attending are asked to claim and download their tickets to their mobile wallet before getting to the stadium. Folks claiming tickets are also encouraged to make a donation to WVU Medicine Children's at the time of checkout.

Festivities are set to kickoff early with the Almost Heaven Village Kickoff Concert featuring Morgantown native Huey Mack. The concert is set for 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. on the East Side of Milan Puskar Stadium between the Light Blue and Teal parking lots.

For those wanting to follow the action at home, the game will be streamed live on Big 12 Now via ESPN+ platform. A special Mountaineer GameDay Gold-Blue pregame show will also be broadcast on television starting at 11 a.m. on local Nexstar affiliates and AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh. You can also catch radio coverage via the Mountaineer Sports Network presented by Learfield.