Virginia Tech’s doctors denied medical clearance to power forward Allan Chaney because of a heart condition that caused him to faint after a workout in April 2010, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reported Thursday.
The announcement was made Wednesday by the university, citing Chaney’s bout with viral myocarditis, which is described as an inflammation of the heart muscle that can cause scarring.
According to the report, Chaney underwent procedures at the universities of Virginia and Pennsylvania and saw a specialist in Boston as he worked over the past year to obtain medical clearance to play for the Hokies.
The doctors pointed to "persistent complications from myocarditis" in explaining their decision not to clear Chaney, saying it will "minimize his risk for further complications."
"Allan Chaney has been through a great deal in the last year and a half," coach Seth Greenberg said. "Everyone involved in our basketball program feels for him. We will do everything in our power to assist Allan as he goes through his next procedure and support him in every way possible."
The well-traveled Chaney has not played for the past two seasons. He missed all of 2010-11 because of his heart issues, and had to sit out the 2009-10 season under NCAA rules after transferring from the University of Florida.
Chaney, a highly rated recruit out of New London, Conn., was expected to be a major contributor for the Hokies. The 6-foot-9, 235-pounder played sparingly in his one season in college, averaging three points and 2.1 rebounds in 9.8 minutes per game for the Gators in 2008-09.
Chaney, who still has two years of eligibility remaining, hopes to continue his career at another school, the Times-Dispatch reported.