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Well, that didn’t take long.
Less than 48 hours after having all his legal issues settled in a Montgomery County court room, Tyrece Radford officially said goodbye to Virginia Tech’s basketball team, announcing on his Twitter account he was going to reunite with the man who recruited him to Blacksburg – Buzz Williams – at Texas A&M.
“I want to say Thank You to Virginia Tech for allowing me to be a part of this family. I am extremely grateful for my time here. Thank you to the coaching staff, my teammates, my advisor Alise and the entire Hokie Nation!” Radford said in a graphic that included him already in a Texas A&M uniform.
“I am proud to be a member of this community and to have earned my degree while in Blacksburg. After discussions with my family and closest mentors, I have decided to continue pursuing my dreams by transferring to Texas A&M and finishing what I started 3 years ago. Go Hokies & Go Aggies!”
As mentioned in this story from yesterday, it has been speculated for some time that Radford had made contingency plans pending what happened in Monday’s hearing. Some thought it was a distinct possibility he might have all charges dropped for probation violations stemming from an early February DUI conviction, but others were not so sure if the University’s judicial system would still allow him to play.
Now seeing Radford going to Texas A&M would seem to confirm that, because it’s doubtful after Monday’s hearing that he got a call from Williams Monday night, got photographed in a Texas A&M uniform Tuesday, and tweeted it out today. It would seem to have been in the works for some time.
In an attempt to connect the dots, it would seem as if it went like this: In May, Radford was notified of a probation violation recorded by a court-mandated ignition interlock system. A hearing was set for August 9, and in the course of what-ifs, he was advised of what could happen that might prevent him from playing this coming season. He was probably told “let’s see what happens in August.”
In June, he probably had conversations with his old coach, Williams, about any options of coming to A&M if he couldn’t play in Blacksburg. Am guessing as a just in case, he was advised to enter the transfer portal. On July 3, Radford violated parole again with a positive reading on the ignition interlock system, and at that point, he knew coming back to the Hokies would be tough, so he had more conversations with A&M and took a visit or two. During those visits, they took the photographs.
August 9 rolled around and a continuance for another week was granted. Whatever the issue, something had to be renegotiated, making me wonder if the idea of Radford leaving the area soon was then introduced. A judge might be more inclined to dismiss everything dealing with a probation violation if he knew the person would no longer be living in the state, as if there were any future issues, they would be for his new home to decide.
Monday they were all dropped so Radford could pursue another school without any mention of previous legal issues. Right after midnight Monday, he tweeted “announcing soon.”
Today he announces he’s going to Texas A&M.
I think it’s a great move. Buzz is a no-nonsense kind of coach (as we all know) who really cares about his players and will stay on them mercilessly if he thinks it will make them better people and players. That’s what Tyrece needs given his alcohol issues, and I think it will be a win-win deal for both sides. A&M could use someone of Radford’s talents.
Thus ends the saga of Tyrece Radford for the Hokies. It has caused many a question about the coming Virginia Tech basketball season to start with the word “if,” when the question has involved exactly which players would be on the floor at certain times in games throughout the season.
No longer. Now the Hokies know.
You really did a terrific job staying on this story, picking up on obscure facts and connecting the dots, as you said. It was a great piece of classic, old-school professional journalism to watch you work on a hunch, pursing the leads and facts, but not jumping to conclusions, but instead formulating hypothetical outcomes. You laid out the potential pathways, and then the actual resolution fit nicely into one of them. An impressive investigative work!