NCAA denies Coastal Carolina OL’s transfer waiver

Field Level Media

April 24, 2019 at 4:45 pm.

Former Coastal Carolina offensive lineman Brock Hoffman said he’s appealing the NCAA’s denial of a waiver to allow him to be able to play immediately as a transfer at Virginia Tech.

Hoffman cited medical hardship when he asked for the waiver to move closer to his mother, Stephanie, who had surgery in 2017 to remove a brain tumor. The family lives in Statesville, N.C.

In a message on social media, Hoffman said the NCAA cited two reasons for denying the appeal: the distance from the Virginia Tech campus to Statesville is five miles beyond the maximum 100-mile radius allowed for a waiver, and that his mother’s condition has improved.

Still, he said, she has paralysis on the left side of her face, as well as hearing loss and problems with her eyesight.

In an offseason that has seen the NCAA grant the transfers of quarterback Justin Fields from Georgia to Ohio State, and subsequently Tate Martell from Ohio State to Miami, Hoffman said he thought this decision was an obvious one for the NCAA.

Fields and Martell had lawyers to represent them. Hoffman didn’t think he needed one.

“I haven’t gone a day thinking I wouldn’t be eligible until today,” Hoffman told The Roanoke Times. “I thought it was an open-and-shut case. I guess I was a little naive.”

Reaction to his post on social media generally was outrage that the NCAA would deny the waiver.

Hoffman said his mother’s tumor was diagnosed just before he enrolled at Coastal Carolina and he stuck by his commitment, even though it was hard to leave. Now, he said, it’s time to be closer to home. He is finishing the spring semester at Coastal Carolina and enrolling at Virginia Tech in late May.

“I need to be there for her and I want to make it easier for her to come see me play,” Hoffman said.

A decision on the appeal is expected within a week.