Last summer, White left the football team but stayed enrolled at Notre Dame. He released this statement back in July:
“I would first like to thank Coach Kelly for the opportunity to play the game I love at such a wonderful institution such as Notre Dame. However, I will not be with the team this fall as I focus on some ambitious academic goals of mine. I will be staying to complete my degree that I’ve worked extremely hard for. And, following my graduation after this upcoming school year, I will be transferring to another school to earn a master’s degree and finish the final two seasons of eligibility I have left. Again, thanks to Coach Kelly and everybody in the program...can’t wait to watch and support my former teammates and best friends chase that ring they’ve worked so hard for! Thank you, ND nation...it’s been an awesome couple years!”
White’s plans appear to be moving along right on schedule. He will be graduating from Notre Dame this spring, and will have 2 years of eligibility remaining to play football and get his masters degree.
This is a pretty unusual move for this day and age. After getting trouble before the 2016 season as one of the Fulton Five, White made moves that will help him in his education and his career - rather than just trying to make the best “football decision.” In doing so, he may very well have done both.
I applaud White for making a life plan, and following through with what he has laid out. We wish all the best to him while at Buffalo.