Virginia Tech defensive end Houshun Gaines not expected to play in 2019

Roanoke Times

BLACKSBURG — Virginia Tech defensive end Houshun Gaines isn't expected to play this fall for the Hokies. The team posted an updated roster for the fall without listing the talented defender.

According to sources with knowledge of the situation, the team's coaching staff wants Gaines to focus on his mental and physical health this fall.

"The coaching and support staff is providing all the resources they can to get him in a good place," a source told The Roanoke Times. "Everyone wants to see House come out the other side of this."

Gaines suffered a torn ACL late in the season against Pittsburgh. The defender was the Hokies leading pass rusher with 4.5 sacks at the time.

Earlier in the season, Gaines' mother Tardra Hilliard, 44, passed away.

Gaines had his initials painted on his cheeks when Virginia Tech travelled to Durham to face Duke just days before she died. He spoke about his mother's health challenges after lead the Hokies to a 31-14 with a career-high 2.5 sacks.

"It's been tough, but the main thing is just coming out and coming around my guys and being around my team is really uplifting," Gaines said, after the game. "Being able to play football, it gives you a moment to get away from anything and get swallowed up in a whole different world. I love this team. I love the coaches. I love my guys. I love this program. Without them, honestly, I don't know if I would be sitting here acting the way I am."

Gaines spent weeks traveling between Blacksburg and North Carolina to visit his mother. The coaching staff let Gaines decide whether he needed time away from the team, but the defender stayed in the lineup until the injury against Pittsburgh.

Virginia Tech players rallied around their teammate throughout the trying time.

"I feel for House a lot at this moment," Virginia Tech defensive back Caleb Farley said. "I know it can really get you down. I'm just going to continue to pray for him and let him know that I'm here for him, that I love him and this team loves him."

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I wish him the best. He will be sorely missed.

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Glad the team rallied around him and the coaches are more concerned with him taking the appropriate time to heal physically and emotionally.

Great kid. Have talked with him a few times. Very nice and funny! Wishing him the best

It seems to me that the staff continues to make emotionally mature choices regarding players and the team. Have to believe this helps show that at VT, winning is important AND that player well -being matters.

Man, wish House the best. Losing him is going to hurt us big time. We were already thin on that DL and House would have been beast if he could have kept his snaps down due to a deeper rotation.

People missing from the Media guide. House, Burke, Jimmie Taylor.....DL DL DL....

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This sucks for him. He's probably really close to going flat out again. Must kill him to not be able to go out there suited up with the team.

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Damn, best of luck getting your head right kid.

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There are things more important than ball. Hope we can have him back soon, but even if he never suits up again, I wish him all the best. Take care of yourself, young man. You have a pretty big O&M family too you can lean on no matter what.

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When you can't run you crawl, and when you can't crawl, you find someone to carry you. Hokie Nation gotchu House

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vow...I hope they recover from their injuries and move forward with their wishes to both of them

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"I feel for House a lot at this moment," Virginia Tech defensive back Caleb Farley said. "I know it can really get you down. I'm just going to continue to pray for him and let him know that I'm here for him, that I love him and this team loves him."

This means so much when you realize that Caleb Farley can empathize with losing a mom.

Here's to hoping House recovers and grieves in a healthy way. I really appreciate that our coaching staff and athletic department choose to value the person rather than merely just the player.

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I lost my mom in April of last year at 60. No idea what happened. I can empathize. Hope things work out for all of these guys

I wish the best for House. Glad to see Hokie nation rally for him.

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It reminds me of a frequent caller I used to have at WUVT. I just knew him as Craig County Mike.

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Hope he finds peace

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Wish him the best.

Honestly this season has the feeling of a dumpster fire...

Honestly this season has the feeling of a dumpster fire...

Really not the time or place.

So the coaching staff is trying to get their House in order?

Joking aside, I wish him the best, selfishly I am hoping the best is him back playing football, but if that doesn't happen, he is still and will always be a hokie. Take care of yourself, our arms are open for when you need them.

Just to know, if he comes back, wouldn't he have another year to play?

Technically, no. He would have to apply for a sixth year (medical).

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Yeah, read Bitter's recent article after this and it mentioned that he could apply for medical. He was a redshirt senior, so already in the 5th year.

Still a possibility though.

Predicting what the NCAA will do is a fool's errand, but you'd have to think he would get a 6th year if he applied for it due to rehabbing a knee injury.

I'd give it 20% chance.

100% if he transferred to a blue blood and wanted to be eligible immediately.

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