The NCAA Does the Unthinkable Again: The Brock Hoffman Story

Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but the NCAA has once again made a morally corrupt decision regarding one of their “student-athletes.” Brock Hoffman, a Division I offensive tackle who transferred from Coastal Carolina University to Virginia Tech University applied to be immediately eligible to play for the Hokies. 

He transferred to Virginia Tech to be closer to his mother who was suffering from a brain tumor. He invoked the family hardship waiver in order to receive immediate eligibility. The family hardship waiver gives players the option to transfer and not lose a season of eligibility if a family member has a medical emergency. 

But, surprise surprise! The NCAA denied his waiver in April. Hoffman tweeted on April 23 that the NCAA denied his waiver because his mother was five miles outside of the 100-mile radius and NCAA doctors stated that his mother’s condition had gotten better since he had been at Coastal Carolina.

The audacity of the NCAA has no bounds. The organization has made its medical assessment that Hoffman’s mother’s health has improved despite facial paralysis on the left side of her face along with hearing and vision loss. Just when you think they can’t get any more morally bankrupt, the NCAA does.

SVP hit the nail on the head in his signature segment on ESPN “One Big Thing.”

Justin Fields, a former No. 1 overall quarterback prospect left Georgia after just one year for Ohio State because he didn’t get the starting job. When former Ohio State quarterback found out Justin Fields was joining the Buckeyes, he transferred to the University of Miami. 

Like SVP, I have no issue at all with these players being immediately eligible for transfers. If coaches don’t have to sit out a year, neither should players.

But you’re telling me that caring for your mother who is suffering from the effects of a tumor isn’t a valid reason while a lack of playing time is? Bush league. Sometimes I wonder if robots are running the NCAA because the people who make these decisions seem to have no heart or common sense.

Hoffman appealed the April decision and his appeal was recently rejected.

Sure, Hoffman might not be eligible by strict legal definition because his mother lives five whole miles out of the 100-mile radius of Virginia Tech. But come on, man. Have a heart. Bureaucracy shouldn’t outweigh empathy every single time.
If you’re interested in reading more on the cruelty of the NCAA, check out my two of my previous pieces on the corruption of the NCAA, and a suspension the NCAA gave out to a student-athlete for an Instagram post.


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