An offseason of turmoil and distractions has continued for the Virginia Tech football program.
Freshman defensive back D.J. Crossen has been suspended indefinitely since September for a violation of university policy, The News and Record reported on Tuesday. Crossen played in the first two games of the 2018-19 season, but did not suit up for the remainder of the year for the Hokies, thus preserving his redshirt status.
When reached for comment, the school released the following statement:
“D.J. Crossen has been suspended since September 2018. He is subject to policies set forth in the Virginia Tech Code of Student Conduct.”
Crossen becomes the latest in a line of disciplinary shortcomings for the Hokies since Justin Fuente took over prior to the 2016 season. Defensive end Trevon Hill, who has since transferred to Miami, as well as defensive back Mook Reynolds, were both dismissed from the team for various reasons this past fall.
Unlike Hill and Reynolds, Crossen, while suspended indefinitely, remains a part of the team’s online roster and does not appear to have been dismissed permanently from the football program. If Crossen returns to the team in the future, he will have four full years of collegiate eligibility remaining.
However, it appears that we are a ways from any sort of resolution on this story, as Crossen’s status remains solely in the hands of the university process until further notice.