Virginia Tech will be without a potentially key piece on the offensive line this season. The final appeal from Brock Hoffman has been denied by the NCAA. Hoffman, a 6-foot-3 offensive guard, must sit out the 2019 season with a redshirt.
This is the final (unfortunate) update to a saga that’s gone on for nearly six months now. Hoffman likely would’ve started along the offensive line for Virginia Tech. He will be a redshirt junior during the 2020 season — with two more years of eligibility.
The NCAA has denied Brock Hoffman's final appeal for immediate eligibility, per Virginia Tech. He has no more avenues for a waiver. He’ll have to sit out this year. #Hokies
— Andy Bitter (@AndyBitterVT) August 27, 2019
Hoffman played for two seasons at Coastal Carolina; he all 12 games at right guard during the 2018 season. He elected to transfer to Virginia Tech after the 2018 season — to be closer his mother, Stephanie. Hoffman’s mother had surgery to remove an acoustic neuroma — a non-cancerous brain tumor — in 2017.
Hoffman’s family resides in Statesville, North Carolina, which is five miles outside the 100-mile radius (from Blacksburg) allowed for medical hardship waivers by the NCAA. Initially, the NCAA cited that as a reason for not allowing immediate eligibility, though apparently it wasn’t a factor in the most recent ruling.