Brock Hoffman needed to move on. It had nothing to do with playing time, the main reason most college football players enter the NCAA Transfer Portal these days. The 6-foot-3, 310-pound offensive lineman simply needed to be closer to home and his mother.
So Hoffman, a native of Statesville, North Carolina, decided to leave Coastal Carolina, where he was a two-year starter, and transfer to play for the Virginia Tech Hokies. Everything seemed to be going smoothly until the NCAA denied his transfer waiver to play immediately instead of sitting out one year.
Hoffman applied for a medical hardship waiver to go from one FBS school to another and be eligible for next season. He did so because his mother had an acoustic neuroma, a brain tumor, and she recently had surgery, which was the entire reason why he left the Chanticleers program to begin with. Yet, the NCAA said no, and basically that rules are rules.
But why? There are rules to follow, sure, but this seems like one of those no-doubters to allow a student-athlete to move closer to home because his mother had a brain tumor, right? Guess not. He explained the two main reasons why the NCAA denied his waiver request to play in Blacksburg in 2019:
— VT is 5 miles outside of the 100 mile radius from my house
— Now the NCAA is a group of doctors and has stated that my mothers condition has gotten better since being at Coastal Carolina University yet the left side of her face still has facial paralysis, hear loss and eye sight issues and will never be 100% the same
There are always two sides to every story, but, man, this doesn’t seem fair. At all.
A former two-star recruit from Statesville High School, Hoffman became the first true freshman to start at center in Coastal Carolina history and started every game in each of his first two seasons.
As expected, Hoffman has appealed the NCAA’s decision.
“The appeal process will be quick and I need all the support I can get!” Hoffman wrote on Twitter. “Don’t let the NCAA take football away from me this season when others get a free pass for playing time issues.”
If Ohio State’s Justin Fields and Miami’s Tate Martell can play immediately because they were buried on depth charts, Virginia Tech transfer Brock Hoffman should be able to play because he moved closer to home to be around his mother more. It’s clear as day.