"He quit," Hawkins confirmed after Sunday evening's practice. Hawkins said the meeting with White was brief.
"He just walked right in and said he was quitting, and that was that," Hawkins said.
Cox indicated that White told him he planned to transfer to another school — likely on the West coast — and play football. White was the frontrunner for the starting quarterback job at CU in early August, but Cox beat he and Bernard Jackson for the first-string job in the days following CU's opening game.
Then, Jackson, also a fourth-year junior, was given the reins in Saturday's game against CSU, which the Buffs lost 14-10. Cox was also in Saturday's game plan. It appeared White was the odd man out.
White's departure caught most of his teammates and certainly his position coach, Mark Helfrich, by surprise. White didn't speak with Helfrich on Sunday.
"I guess I am surprised, certainly in terms of how it happened and when it happened. I thought that was bizarre," Helfrich said, adding he wished White good luck.
Helfrich said White showed improvement since spring ball, but then as of late, White was behind both Jackson and Cox. He had a conversation last week with White about what he needed to improve on, and Helfrich said White agreed.
Though White had confided in Cox Saturday evening, and spoke to him again via phone on Sunday, Cox said it caught him off guard.
"It was surprising, but he's got to do what's best for him in his life," Cox said. "Obviously he felt like transferring was best for him, so I can't be mad at him."
Hawkins said the team can conduct practices fine with just three quarterbacks. He reiterated that the plan is still to redshirt Cody Hawkins, the true freshman. However, he left open the possibility of moving someone to the position in an emergency situation. Patrick Devenny played quarterback at CU until this summer when the redshirt-freshman was moved to tight end.
"We'll see how that all works out. We may need to do something there, but we'll see," Hawkins said.
Cody Hawkins said he's still on the redshirt plan.
"My job right now is to give the defense a good look on the scout team every week," Cody Hawkins said. "James and Bernard are both great quarterbacks. I just think the whole team is just missing some details and unfortunately the blame falls on the quarterback. Once we get things rolling with that, we'll be successful."
QB vs. ASU? Dan Hawkins indicated the team would start Bernard Jackson again against Arizona State Saturday at Folsom. However, that plan could change.
"We'll probably see how all that evolves," Hawkins said. "But I think our plan right now is to go with B-Jack and get him rolling."
Never Again: As the Buffs were leaving the field after the tough loss to the Rams, senior Nick Holz grabbed Cody Hawkins and Scott McKnight, two freshmen. "He just collared us on the back and said, ‘Hey, guys. Never again. Never again," Hawkins said. "He just wanted us to take a good luck at the field and be sure that's not going to happen again."
Film Talk: After reviewing film of Saturday's loss to CSU, Dan Hawkins said the team played "way, way, way better" than the week before, when CU lost to Montana State. Once again, he said there were little mistakes that added up and proved costly. "It's not like people aren't aware of them and it's not like people aren't working on them," he said. "We're all rolling in the same direction. We just have to continue to communicate and talk and do those things."