Star running back Branden Ore will not play for Virginia Tech next season.
Coach Frank Beamer says in a statement, "we have decided that it would be best for Branden to pursue other opportunities."
Ore would have been a redshirt senior. On his Facebook profile he says he's "making life decisions right now."
In January, one of Ore's friends was convicted by a federal grand jury of possessing crack cocaine with intent to distribute. Prosecutors subpoenaed Ore, who was riding in a car with Tony Majette in June 2006 when police stopped them and found two bags of drugs in the car. Ore was not charged.
Ore led the Hokies in rushing with 992 yards and 10 touchdowns.