Virginia Tech men’s basketball coach Seth Greenberg announced Tuesday morning that sophomore Jarell Eddie has been granted full clearance by the NCAA and will be available to play when the Hokies begin the regular season on Nov. 12 against East Tennessee State.
Eddie won an appeal with the NCAA, which allowed for his reinstatement. He was suspended from school during the spring semester after being arrested on possession of marijuana charges last February. NCAA rules state that to be eligible, a player must have completed six credit hours the previous semester, something Eddie wasn’t able to accomplish this past spring because of his suspension.
Eddie was also sentenced to perform 100 community service hours by the Montgomery County (Va.) General District court because of his arrest.
Had he lost the appeal, Eddie would have been able to practice with the team but would not have been eligible to play in a game for Virginia Tech until late December. Greenberg said in August, however, that he was confident Eddie could appeal the rule because he had completed 36 credit hours since arriving on campus in the summer of 2010.
Eddie, a Charlotte native who might be the Hokies’ best three-point shooter this year, averaged 2.9 points and 2.2 rebounds in 27 games off the bench last season. . . .
On the injury front, freshman point guard Marquis Rankin had surgery to clean up cartilage in his left knee last Thursday and will not be available when the Hokies hold their first full practice of the season on Oct. 14.
Rankin will likely miss six to eight weeks as a result of the procedure, which means he’s slated to return toward the end of November or early December.