Posted on: August 11, 2011 9:14 am
Edited on: August 11, 2011 9:16 am
By Jeff Goodman
Allan Chaney’s career is over. At least at Virginia Tech.
The talented forward has been denied medical clearance to return to the court with the Hokies.
“Allan Chaney has been through a great deal in the last year and a half,” Virginia Tech coach Seth Greenberg said in a statement. “Everyone involved in our basketball program feels for him. Unfortunately, this rare condition will prevent him from continuing his career here at Virginia Tech. We will do everything in our power to assist Allan as he goes through his next procedure and support him in every way possible.”
Chaney, a Connecticut native who transferred to Blacksburg after spending his freshman year with Billy Donovan at Florida, was supposed to be a major piece of Seth Greenberg’s plan.
Chaney sat out due to transfer rules two years ago and then was diagnosed with myocarditis in April of 2010 after passing out. He missed all of last season.
However, he was optimistic that he would be cleared last month.
``Well, I must say that I am disappointed, but Tech has done everything for me through this process and they still are!,” Chaney tweeted, I will play somewhere!”
``Wish things were different, but I can’t waste anymore time. Have to stay positive and move on.”
This is a situation that appears similar to that of Emmanuel Negedu, who had cardiac issues while at Tennessee, wasn’t cleared by the Vols – and then transferred to New Mexico.
His career with the Lobos lasted just 10 games. Negedu’s defibrillator produced a reading that ultimately ended his college career.
Now it’s likely that the 6-foot-8 Chaney will attempt to find a new home, somewhere that will clear him to play college basketball.
Posted on: May 31, 2011 4:10 pm
Edited on: May 31, 2011 4:28 pm
Posted by Eric Angevine
While I often wonder how Seth Greenberg keeps his job at Virginia Tech despite uneven play and just one NCAA tourney trip in seven seasons, a case can be made for his career to date. There's little doubt that his teams have often started out loaded and been whittled away by injuries and other health concerns. Last season's Hokie team was picked by some to finish second in the ACC, based on a deep and talented roster that boasted several experienced, quality big men. By December, that light had gone out, with Cadarian Raines, J.T. Thompson and Terrell Bell injured and Florida transfer Allan Chaney (right) unable to play due to side effects of a heart virus.
That lack of depth persists this season, as much of last year's roster has graduated. Jeff Allen, a second-team all-ACC forward, has completed his eligibility, leaving defense-minded Victor Davila -- a 5.3 points per game career scorer -- as the primary active holdover from last season's roster.
Unless... unless Chaney can actually come back from myocarditis. We've seen Emmanuel Negedu get a brief second chance at New Mexico after Tennessee refused to clear him, and Seton Hall's Herb Pope averaged over 27 minutes per game after a scary collapse that actually stopped his heart last spring. Chaney certainly thinks he can be there to help his team get over the rebuilding hump next season, according to David Teel's blog for the Newport News Daily Press:
The real issue at this point is the scarring around the heart muscle that Chaney suffered as a result of the infection. In an interview with the Richmond Times Dispatch, Tech team doctor Mark Rogers was more cautious than hopeful. “A lot of people that have myocarditis don’t end up having the scarring that Allan did,” Rogers told the newspaper on May 6. “Unfortunately, he did. These things can take months to years to resolve. He’s still in the midst of all this stuff. Of course, we would like for him to get healed quicker and be back on the court, but it’s not an unreasonable length of time to this point.”
Waiting is the hardest part, even more so when you're a 21-year-old kid who has already missed a season for medical reasons on top of an NCAA-mandated transfer year. If Chaney can come back, he'll revive hope for another season, joining Thompson and Raines in the frontcourt, and in competition for the team's comeback player of the year award.
Actually, I don't know if Virginia Tech offers a comeback player award, but if Chaney can come back and contribute meaningful minutes without endangering his health, the Hokies should definitely consider creating one.
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