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Report: Michael Holmes no longer a Hokie

Michael Holmes , Logan Ryan AP

After a felony charge was reduced to a misdemeanor last month, it was reported that the door was left slightly open for Michael Holmes to return to Virginia Tech.

Apparently, that same door has been slammed shut by the university in a move that may or may not be related to the off-field legal issue.

What is known is that, per the Newport News Daily PressDavid Teel, Tech athletic director Jim Weaver has confirmed that the running back has been “permanently separated” from the school.  A student judicial board made the decision to dismiss Holmes, although, due to student privacy laws, Weaver is unaware of exactly why the player was given the boot.

“I don’t know exactly what the situation is,” Weaver said according to the Daily Press. “This is a difficult one to communicate. … I can only tell you what has occurred.”

The running back was initially charged with two counts of simple assault and one count of malicious wounding following an April incident.  Holmes’ current girlfriend was attacked by his former girlfriend as well as a female cousin, while Holmes’ male cousin joined the fray and suffered multiple injuries at the hands of the player.

Holmes had claimed self-defense, a tactic that the Commonwealth’s Attorney at least partially agreed with as the two simple assault charges were dropped and the malicious wounding, a felony, was reduced to misdemeanor assault and battery.  As part of the plea agreement, Holmes received a suspended 12-month jail sentence and probation as well as being ordered to pay more than $13,000 in restitution to one of the victims.

It was reported last month that Weaver and head coach Frank Beamer were on the verge of reinstating Holmes.  The judicial board’s decision took that option out of their hands.

After rushing for 280 yards as a freshman last season, Holmes was viewed as a player who would’ve been expected to carry a more significant role in Tech’s running game this season.

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9 Responses to “Report: Michael Holmes no longer a Hokie”
  1. mauldawg says: Jul 9, 2013 12:21 PM

    Way to go Beamer, one more thug that you wanted. About time someone took action against trash like this thug.

  2. ddaniels11 says: Jul 9, 2013 12:30 PM

    Things happen. Head to Old Dominion and take over and remake your image.

  3. friarjack61 says: Jul 9, 2013 1:54 PM

    Another jock, who knows nothing but football.
    NO CHARACTER; and, the schools, today, recruit without knowing, neither anything of the players character, nor the types of persons iwth whom they ‘hang’. Tattoos could be a start to learn somthing……..if interested ? Far too many of these ghetto jocks, are in trouble at their schools. The schools and the NCAA, should enact strick rules, that expell any athlete from school, for any fraud conviction. Any minor offense, no more sports !
    Start recruiting student athletes, not jocks, who couldn’t care less about academics, only life as a pro, where they do not have to worry about speaking the King’s English ! Wake up colleges/universities, and especially, coaches !!

  4. mauldawg says: Jul 9, 2013 2:59 PM

    friarjack61 Well Said. Scum that doesn’t want to learn doesn’t belong in college. All they want to do is keep the hood live and well. These kids care nothing about right or wrong. Kick them all to the curb. The NCAA needs to crack down on schools/coaches that continue to recruit these kids. For every kid that breaks the law and gets caught that school should lose one scholarship in the next class. I don’t care if it is underage drinking up to murder. Good bye. What else will clean up the mess that is going on now. There are to many coaches that put winning first. You know who they are. Its the same schools year in and year out. There is a school in my state that couldn’t field a team if the thugs were expelled. They continue year after year to take thugs that get dismissed from other schools for grades or problems with the law. That’s right MU I am talking about you.

  5. urfinished says: Jul 9, 2013 7:31 PM

    Mauldawg…not sure why such hatred for VT but they can’t even win the Fulmer cup in their own state w/ UVAs thug run. (Google Fulmer cup if youre unfamiliar)
    However, Mr Holmes don’t fret…that’s urban meyer on line 1.

  6. notjamesrome says: Jul 10, 2013 1:56 PM

    ddaniels11 says: Jul 9, 2013 12:30 PM

    Things happen. Head to Old Dominion and take over and remake your image.


    Old Dominion? He’ll end up at West Virigina or Western Kentucky

  7. thegamecocker says: Jul 10, 2013 10:37 PM

    You can take the punk out of the hood…but you cannot take the hood out of the punk. No one who has the character of this chump deserves to be in any college. Get him out of here … case please.

  8. donth8thehorns says: Jul 11, 2013 1:53 AM

    What naiveté for some of you! Imagine the product on the fields we all have become accustomed to if you eliminate these “thugs” as you call them. For every suburban athlete , there are 10 more inner city “thugs” with 5x the talent, but 10x the risk. College football is a multi billion dollar a year business. The amount of $$ the school would lose by lowering its talent standards will always prohibit then from , “kicking the thugs out” for underage drinking ????? Please, get a clue

  9. dmcgrann says: Jul 11, 2013 6:27 PM

    What’s interesting is that although the coach and athletic department seemed to be on board for reinstating Holmes, they were overruled – not by the faculty or administration, mind you – but by Holmes’ fellow students.

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