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Posted at 12:06 AM ET, 03/10/2011

Virginia Tech F Jarell Eddie suspended for the remainder of the season

By Mark Giannotto

Virginia Tech Coach Seth Greenberg announced late Wednesday night that freshman Jarell Eddie will not dress or play for the Hokies for the remainder of this season. The suspension is in response to a Feb. 15 incident in which Eddie was charged with possession of marijuana.

"Jarell Eddie is an excellent student, a fine young man and a great teammate," Greenberg said in a school-issued statement. "He made a mistake in judgment and is paying the price for that mistake."

The release said Greenberg's statement would be his only comment on the matter.

Eddie was initially suspended for one game and missed Virginia Tech's 61-54 loss at Virginia on Feb. 19. But he returned to the lineup the next game, scoring a career-high 17 points at Wake Forest. He also appeared in the Hokies' ensuing two contests against Duke and Boston College.

But the Charlotte native was not used during Virginia Tech's regular season finale at Clemson last weekend, and when Greenberg was asked about it throughout this week, he offered little explanation. When questioned about Eddie's status Wednesday following the Hokies afternoon practice, Greenberg said: "He's here. If you want to talk about the game [Thursday], I’ll talk about that.”

Eddie was averaging 2.9 points and 2.2 rebounds per game this season. The suspension leaves Virginia Tech with just seven scholarship players heading into its first round matchup against Georgia Tech Thursday night.

By Mark Giannotto  | March 10, 2011; 12:06 AM ET
 
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