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McElroy: The Hoffman's transparency and the NCAA's lack of it

Many question left by the NCAA's ruling and that leaves a bad look for them

Wes McElroy
August 28, 2019 - 9:56 am

The news that Brock Hoffman’s appeal to the NCAA was turned down is unfortunate, ridiculous, and most of all inconsistent. 

It leaves a lot of questions and because it does, it leaves a bad look by the NCAA.

Hoffman transfers to Tech from Coastal Carolina to be closer to his mother, who is still recovering following brain surgery in 2017. His mother is still affected by the tumor and surgery with partial paralysis among other medical issues that affect her quality of life.

Virginia Tech’s campus in Blacksburg is about an hour closer to the family’s home in Statesville, N.C.

He originally applied for a waiver from the NCAA to play this season in March. In April, the NCAA informed Virginia Tech it had denied Hoffman’s request.

Then Virginia Tech filed another request with more information on Hoffman’s behalf.

 According to Andy Bitter of The Athletic:

This doesn’t (nor in the past 12 hours that I’ve thought about it) make any sense to me.

The NCAA is supposed to look at these cases and makes a decision in the best interest of the student athlete.  They are also to review these cases to make sure they are on the up and up and to make sure a player or family isn’t concocting a story so the student can go transfer just to play somewhere else.

That’s far from the case here with Brock Hoffman and his mom.

It’s also far from the case, that the NCAA made this decision in the best interest of the student athlete.

The NCAA is essentially punishing Hoffman for staying 2 years at Coastal Carolina managing to juggle playing football, going to class, and at the same time dealing with a severely intensive situation at home.


His mother is doing better yet still her quality of life is affected. She needs daily care. But, according to the Hoffman’s, because her condition has improved, the NCAA doesn’t look at this as situation that grants a “Student-athlete” to be given a medical hardship waiver.

  It’s asinine.

To read, Mike Niziolek in the Roanoke Times and you hear Hoffman’s father discuss how the family was nothing but transparent and upfront with as much as information as they could give and that the NCAA never met with the family directly?

 How the (bleep) do you do a “thorough investigation” and never meet with the people involved?

That’s brings up another one of the major issues with this story: transparency.

One side is trying to be transparent. The other has no desire to that.

Right now we only have the Hoffman’s side of the story and I’ve no reason not to believe their side but it’s only one side and that is another major issue in this matter.

Tate Martell can transfer to Miami—Why?

Justin Fields can transfer to Ohio State—why?

Because they didn’t win the starting jobs at their previous school?

Say what you will about the NFL’s inconsistencies in punishments, however, at least, issue a statement of explanation of when they come to their decisions.

Tell us why you ruled this way?   We still may not like it but at least, we can have an explanation because this only leads to why the NCAA is inconsistent or labeled inconsistent.

Brock Hoffman wants to be closer to his Mom recovering from major traumatic surgery? Why shouldn’t he be granted a waiver?

The NCAA relaxes=d some of these transfer rules in 2018.  But then decided to clamp down again when they realized they relaxed them too much.  In the inconsistency and rules change, the NCAA decided to draw a hard line in the sand with the Hoffman case?

 Also caught up here is Virginia Tech, who loses a player for the season that some have told me that in addition to being a team leader is arguably the best lineman they have on offense and for an area that is replacing three starters, this is a big deal.

It just appears unfortunate because you know there are players, families, and programs out there-trying to scam the system and are getting away with it and here’s the Hoffman’s saying—what do you need? What information can we get you? Virginia Tech is asking the NCAA to meet with the family in person.  Yet the NCAA, continues to do things the NCAA’s way: confusing, inconsistent, and ruling without rhyme or reason.