Hokies Prepare for Season Without Chaney

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As you know by now, Virginia Tech power forward Allan Chaney was refused
medical clearance to play basketball by the school on Wednesday. This was the
decision we have been expecting for the last few months. It’s a tough break for
Chaney and the Hokies, but at least we finally have some closure.

By all accounts, Chaney is one of the best guys to ever be a part of the Tech
basketball program. He could be bitter about the decision, but he’s not. He had
this to say, via Twitter.

“Well I must say that I am disappointed,” Chaney tweeted,”
but Tech has done everything for me through this process and they still are!
I will play somewhere!”

I sincerely hope Chaney does get to play college basketball somewhere. I hope
his heart never gives him trouble again, and he’s able to make money playing
ball professionally. He’s a good person, he’s been through things that no guy
his age should have to go through, and it would be a shame if he isn’t able to
put his talents to use.

But is it worth it? If I were Chaney, I’d focus on getting a degree. He’s a
smart guy, and his basketball talents have helped him earn full scholarships,
first at Florida, and now at Virginia Tech. He’s got a great opportunity to get
his degree, either at Tech or some future school. I hope he bases his future
decisions on getting that diploma, rather than which school presents the best
basketball opportunity.

I really don’t think the basketball part of it is worth it. Remember Hank
Gathers? In the 1988-89 season, he led the nation in scoring and rebounding, but
he collapsed on the court and died in 1990 while playing for Loyola Marymount.
He knew he had a heart condition, and he continued to play. It turned out to be
a tragic and fatal mistake. Basketball isn’t worth it. Get your degree Allan,
and focus on living a long, healthy and happy life.

From Virginia Tech’s perspective, this sucks. I don’t