September 27, 2007
Pellum is ineligible
Virginia Tech freshman guard Darrion Pellum did not meet NCAA eligibility requirements and will be forced to transfer from Virginia Tech to a junior college next semester.
The result of this means that the Massanutten Military Academy guard will never play for the Hokies basketball team since the ACC doesn't allow schools to admit freshman athletes who are nonqualifiers. Due to the fact Pellum already enrolled, he will not be able to play for any ACC school in the future.
After arguably landing the top class in the ACC last year, Virginia Tech has seen it dwindle with the losses of Pellum and Gus Gilchrist.
Meanwhile, Virginia Tech continues to wait for word that fellow freshman J.T. Thompson will be ruled eligible. He continues to wait for word from the NCAA Clearinghouse.
One other player waiting is freshman Dorenzo Hudson who didn't get all his high school coursework done in time. He hopes to enroll for the spring semester and could play as early as December 17th for the Hokies if he accomplishes that feat.
Due to an incident over the weekend, Virginia Tech right guard Sergio Render has been suspended for the first quarter of the North Carolina game.
Blacksburg police have confirmed there is an on-going investigation into the incident that Render was involved in. Head coach Frank Beamer has said nothing about the issue with the exception that it isn't serious.
Sophomore lineman Brandon Holland will take Render's spot in the first quarter.
True freshman tight end Chris Drager is expected to receive a medical redshirt after suffering a season ending injury last week against William & Mary. Thanks in large part to a new rule change that went into effect this year that allows players with four games or less to remain eligible.
Finally, earlier this week the game time for the Virginia Tech-Clemson game on October 6th was announced. It will kickoff at 6 p.m. and be televised on ESPN.
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