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Greenberg: Allen has 'served his punishment'

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg said that junior forward Jeff Allen already served his punishment after being ejected for elbowing a Virginia player in the Hokies' win over the Cavaliers on Thursday, indicating that Allen would be available to play at Miami on Sunday.

Asked if he had heard anything about Allen's status and if he would play against the Hurricanes, Greenberg said Friday in a text message: "Why would I. He served his punishment yesterday."

Virginia Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver was not in his office and unavailable to comment on the matter on Friday, according to his assistant.

On Thursday, Allen was ejected with 13 minutes 41 seconds left in regulation after his elbow met the face of Virginia guard Jeff Jones. On the play, Allen went for a loose ball near the Hokies' bench and swung his left elbow high after coming up with the ball. The official reviewed replay of the incident and then ejected Allen.

Allen was not automatically suspended for Virginia Tech's trip to Miami on Sunday because he was not involved in a fight; a fight warrants an automatic suspension. But university and conference officials could have suspended Allen after a review of the play.

It was not the first time Allen, a Washington native, has drawn attention for on-court disciplinary issues. He flipped his middle finger at Maryland fans last season in the Hokies' loss to the Terrapins at Comcast Center. As a freshman, Allen bumped into an official after fouling out in a loss at Georgia Tech. Both incidents resulted in suspensions.

By Mark Viera  |  January 29, 2010; 3:23 PM ET
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Jeff Allen deserved his first two suspensions, but ejecting him from last night's game was absolutely ridiculous. Allen did nothing that I didn't see Tyler Hansbrough do at least 100 times while he was at UNC.

I can certainly see calling a foul on Allen in that situation, perhaps even an inentional foul. But an ejection? Please. Karl Hess needs to retire as referee and watch the games on TV like everybody else. He's sucked as a ref for a long time now.

Posted by: danram | January 29, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

I agree with Dan, that was a bogus ejection, everyone is taught to protect the ball like he did in that situation.

Posted by: RomulusBeatRemus | January 29, 2010 4:38 PM | Report abuse

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