Hokies' Vick suspended for season

Blacksburg, VA (Sports Network) - Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick was suspended from the university for the 2004 season on Tuesday due to his ongoing legal battles.

School officials said the actions stem from convictions in May on three counts of aiding to the delinquency of a minor after he and two Hokies players provided alcohol to 14- and 15-year-old girls at the players' apartment.

Vick, who was acquitted of a charge of having sex with one of the girls, was given a jail sentence of 30 days and fined $2,250.

Tailback Mike Imoh and wide receiver Brendan Hill were the two teammates involved in the May incident and both will miss the Hokies' first three games of the 2004 season. Imoh was also sentenced to 10 days in jail and fined $750, while Hill received a $1,500 fine and jail time of 20 days.

Vick and both players are in the process of appealing the convictions to Montgomery County Circuit Court.

The suspension for the upcoming campaign was also based on charges of reckless driving and possession of marijuana filed against Vick last month after an early morning traffic stop on Interstate 64 in New Kent County.

The 20-year-old Vick was clocked on radar traveling at 86 mph.

Vick, the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons star quarterback Michael Vick, will be re-admitted to the university only if he successfully completes a drug education and counseling program.

However, athletic director Jim Weaver said that any further criminal, athletic or university-related violations will lead to Vick being dismissed from Virginia Tech sports.

"I concur with the actions of the university judicial system," said school president Charles Steger. "This is a stiff penalty. Vick won't play this year and loses that year of eligibility. If there is any more trouble, his Virginia Tech career is effectively ended. But just as important, this offers a compassionate, last chance opportunity for Vick to get his personal life in order."

Vick, who was also suspended one game last season for violating team policy, threw for 475 yards and two touchdowns in 11 games as a redshirt sophomore in 2003. He also threw five interceptions, while rushing for 102 yards on 37 attempts.

By The Source
Aug 3, 2004
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