The arduous journey back onto the field continues Saturday afternoon when the Hokies play their first road game against winless Duke (0-3), roughly 120 miles east of Hoffman’s childhood home in Statesville, N.C.
Hoffman (6 feet 3, 317 pounds) transferred to Virginia Tech from Coastal Carolina to be closer to his family, with his mother continuing to suffer side effects from having a benign brain tumor removed in 2017. Changing schools trimmed Hoffman’s transportation time almost in half.
After receiving extensive documentation regarding her condition, the NCAA denied Hoffman’s initial waiver request for a medical hardship and subsequent appeal. The decision, Hoffman later revealed, brought his mother, Stephanie, to tears.
Coach Justin Fuente repeatedly questioned the reasoning behind the NCAA’s ruling, calling it disappointing at best while lamenting the hardship Hoffman and his family went through only to be dealt another setback.
“He’s a really intelligent player, so he’s able