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07:10 AM ET 04.22 | After stumbling in Virginia Tech's spring game over the weekend, the Hokies' running back corps may wind up thinning, too. [Running back] Michael Holmes was arrested early Sunday morning in Blacksburg and charged with one count of malicious wounding and two counts of simple assault, according to a spokesman at the Montgomery County jail. Holmes, 19, was confined at the jail Sunday without bond. Since malicious wounding is a felony charge, he's automatically suspended from Tech's football team until the charge is resolved or dropped in accordance with university and athletic department policies. If convicted of a felony, university and athletic department policies dictate that he'll be kicked off the team.

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April 22, 2013  08:15 AM ET

They have three months to figure a way to get the malicious wounding charge reduced to something that's not a felony, and he'll be back. Standard operating procedure (and not just at Vippy Sue).

April 22, 2013  08:56 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They have three months to figure a way to get the malicious wounding charge reduced to something that's not a felony, and he'll be back. Standard operating procedure (and not just at Vippy Sue).

Reduced charges always seems to me to be a slap in the victim's face. Innocent until proven guilty is not the same as legal chicanery to avoid justice.

April 22, 2013  09:14 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

They have three months to figure a way to get the malicious wounding charge reduced to something that's not a felony, and he'll be back. Standard operating procedure (and not just at Vippy Sue).

After being accused that Alabama would "get them back on the team", we cut ties with the 4 players that got charged a few months back.

Sometimes teams do get rid of trouble players.

April 22, 2013  09:41 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

After being accused that Alabama would "get them back on the team", we cut ties with the 4 players that got charged a few months back.Sometimes teams do get rid of trouble players.

Agreed, and I'm glad to see Saban do that (BTW, if you recognize my avatar, you'll also recognize my loyaties).

OTOH, as good a coach as Beamer is, he's had a history of hanging onto key players that have been trouble until his hand has been forced (c/r Marcus Vick; the school basically kicked him out because Beamer's staff kept reinstating him after multiple legal issues and serious unsportsmanlike conduct on the field).

April 22, 2013  10:15 AM ET

No, I don't recognize your avatar.

I knew Saban would get rid of those guys. He does not like it when kids get out of line.

April 22, 2013  10:15 AM ET

LUS > ARKY in baseball, too......... :-(

Time to pay the man

April 22, 2013  10:28 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

After being accused that Alabama would "get them back on the team", we cut ties with the 4 players that got charged a few months back.Sometimes teams do get rid of trouble players.

roster management supersedes skill of said players

April 22, 2013  10:34 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

roster management supersedes skill of said players

Hey SL, gonna be in your area this week..actually Mesquite..then Grapevine Thurs night

April 22, 2013  10:43 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

Vippy Sue

This is clever. I hope it becomes ubiquitous.

April 22, 2013  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#7):

roster management

A misapplied term, to be sure.

April 22, 2013  10:54 AM ET
QUOTE(#8):

Hey SL, gonna be in your area this week..actually Mesquite..then Grapevine Thurs night

ought to be a good time to be in north Tx. Be warned, traffic from Mesquite to Grapevine is a nightware. MAJOR construction on all freeways in between. Stay off of north LBJ or 114/121 north of airport.

Enjoy a night at Southlake Town Square, west of Grapevine if you get a chance. Would offer, but headed to Newport Beach tomorrow.

April 22, 2013  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

This is clever. I hope it becomes ubiquitous.

It took me a while to figure it out, but yeah, that's great short-hand for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

April 22, 2013  10:55 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

A misapplied term, to be sure.

just grins

glad they got the axe

April 22, 2013  11:09 AM ET

beamer will figure some way to get the charges dropped--they need his game bigtime this yea

April 22, 2013  11:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

It took me a while to figure it out, but yeah, that's great short-hand for Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Back in the early 1980s, the then-President of the university insisted on the use of the full name for everything, that VPI and Virginia Tech weren't appropriate for a "university." It had to be either said in full (as you did) or abbreviated as VPI&SU. Some folks around here merely just went to Vippy Sue. Of course, once that president moved on (and once Coach Beamer made the school much better in football), it went back to the more familiar Virginia Tech.

Of course, the students in that day came up with one better. In a "rename the school" contest, they came up with the Eastern Institute of Enlightenment and Intellectual Orientation. The acronym fits the school. :P

April 22, 2013  12:35 PM ET

Is this a sure sign that Vippy Sue intends to join the SEC....?

April 22, 2013  12:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#15):

Of course, the students in that day came up with one better. In a "rename the school" contest, they came up with the Eastern Institute of Enlightenment and Intellectual Orientation. The acronym fits the school. :P

EE-EYE-EE-EYE-OH! To any visiting team or fan, that chant could get real obnoxious, real fast. One can even imagine the broadcasters having their "fun" with it.

April 22, 2013  12:36 PM ET

I'm glad I'm only stuck with Rocky Top.

April 22, 2013  12:55 PM ET
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Sometimes teams do get rid of trouble players.

Good point, I think most college football teams will get rid of any convicted felonies!!!

 
April 22, 2013  02:24 PM ET

If it was a legit fight that he just happened to win because he's big and strong, then I think the felony charge should be reduced. If he sought out and beat up some innocent guy on the street, then it should stick. Just saying, because a felony conviction will haunt you for the rest of your life. Given his age, and if the circumstances warrant, he should be given a second chance at life by not being classified a convicted felon. Otherwise, society will treat him the same as a murderer or rapist.

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