The NCAA has denied Virginia Tech’s Brock Hoffman’s request to play this season. The transfer center/guard from Coastal Carolina will have to sit out the season, the school said Tuesday.
Coach Justin Fuente said this week that Hoffman has been continuing to practice, getting repetitions with the first-team offense, and would likely play if the NCAA cleared Hoffman this week.
Instead, Tech will play the season, which opens Saturday at Boston College, without him.
Hoffman, a two-year starter at Coastal Carolina, transferred to Tech to be closer to his mother, who is ailing following brain surgery.
Blacksburg is about an hour closer to the family’s home in Statesville, N.C.
Hoffman originally applied for a waiver from the NCAA to play this season in March. In April, the NCAA informed Virginia Tech it had denied Hoffman’s request.
Tech’s compliance office then filed a reconsideration request, adding additional information to the original application.
In its initial depth chart Tech released for Saturday’s game, it listed junior Zachariah Hoyt as the starting center, with sophomore Lecitus Smith at left guard and junior T.J. Jackson at right guard.