The NCAA has denied Virginia Tech transfer Brock Hoffman‘s appeal for immediate eligibility, Virginia Tech announced Tuesday.
Hoffman transferred from Coastal Carolina in February and his original application was denied in April, causing him to link arms with Georgia-turned-Illinois transfer Luke Ford in retaining the services of super-lawyer Tom Mars, only, like Ford, to see that effort turn up empty handed.
Hoffman’s family lives in Statesville, N.C., and Brock’s mother, Stephanie, was diagnosed with acoustic neuroma — a non-cancerous brain tumor — in 2017.
Blacksburg is 134 miles from Statesville, while Conway, S.C., is 207 miles away.
Virginia Tech did not include a quote in the announcement, but the press release did include this line:
While extremely disappointed in this final decision by the NCAA, Virginia Tech Athletics and the football staff will continue to provide our unwavering support and compassion to Brock and his family.
Hoffman was a two-year starter for Coastal Carolina at guard and center. He will now use 2019 as a redshirt season and compete for the Hokies in 2020 as a redshirt junior.