Hokies: Eddie's status uncertain

By Mark Giannotto
Monday, February 21, 2011; 1:23 PM

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg declined comment on the status of freshman Jarell Eddie during Monday's ACC teleconference after Eddie was charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession last Tuesday, according to Montgomery County (Va.) General District Court records. The Charlotte native did not appear in Saturday's loss at Virginia.

When asked if he could discuss Eddie's status with the team Monday, Greenberg simply replied, "No. You want to talk about Wake Forest and Duke, I'll be glad to talk to you," alluding to the Hokies' opponents this week.

On Saturday, Greenberg said it was a "coach's decision" not to play his reserves very much against the Cavaliers.

Though Eddie is averaging just 2.6 points and 2 rebounds in 24 games this year, his availability could be a significant factor with the Hokies once again on the NCAA tournament bubble. Due to a wave of early-season injuries and a transfer, Virginia Tech was down to just eight scholarship players with Eddie in the lineup. Its limited bench has accounted for only eight points in the Hokies' past four games.

This isn't the first time Eddie has run into some trouble during his freshman season. In a Jan. 25 loss at Georgia Tech, the 6-7 wing played only one minute and Greenberg later explained it was due to a "failure to live up to my academic expectations."

Eddie is scheduled to appear in a Blacksburg court on April 21, and could face a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail and a $500 fine for his possession of marijuana charge.

But while Greenberg refused to provide any details on Eddie's situation, he did answer a question about the team's depth issues throughout the season and how he thought they were dealing with any fatigue.

"I've said all along, we're not gonna build in any excuses for what happens this season," Greenberg said. "We're not building excuses about injuries. Other people talk about injuries, I'm not talking about injuries. We're not talking about freshmen or sophomores. If you want to build in an excuse for your team, you can find 1,000 excuses.

"I'm not gonna create reasons why not. I like my team. I think they've played really well this year. I think we've played hard. It is what it is. You play the guys that you have and you try to get them to play as well as they can. ... I'm not real caught up in the fatigue factor. It makes a nice storyline, but it's not something I'm talking about. We just try to manage it."

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