Virginia Tech guard Ty Outlaw passes drug test, will play Sweet 16 after marijuana charge


Virginia Tech guard Ty Outlaw has passed a drug test after being charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and will play for the Hokies in the Sweet 16, the school announced Thursday.

In a statement, head coach Buzz Williams said Outlaw was tested Wednesday before leaving campus for Washington D.C., where the East Region’s fourth-seeded Hokies will take on No. 1 Duke in the Sweet 16 on Friday

“After gathering more information, we decided that an outside agency should perform a drug test on Ty prior to us departing campus on Wednesday and that test came back negative,” the statement read in part. “After discussion with our Director of Athletics Whit Babcock and our athletics administration in accordance with our policies and procedures, we are following our departmental protocol involving misdemeanors. 

“With that information in mind we intend to play Ty on Friday evening. We will continue to let the process play out and that’s all I can say at this time. If information changes we will respond appropriately according to our policies.”

According to The Roanoke Times, which cited Montgomery County General District Court records, Outlaw was charged last Thursday and he was arrested by Blacksburg police Tuesday at 12:14 p.m. ET. Outlaw was released with a summons and is expected to appear in court April 11.

Outlaw, 23, has averaged 8.7 points and 5.4 rebounds through 34 games. He had 10 points and 11 rebounds Sunday in the win over Liberty that put Virginia Tech in the Sweet 16. 

Outlaw ranks second in the ACC in 3-point field goal percentage this season, making 45.6 percent of his attempts. 

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