Va. Tech's Vick faces suspension


Published: Friday, January 6, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 6, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech will suspend quarterback Marcus Vick for an undetermined number of games next season if he returns to school, according to two sources within the athletic department who wished to remain anonymous. The suspension is the result of Vick stomping on a Louisville player's leg in the first half of Monday's Gator Bowl.
Tech coach Frank Beamer will be in the Hampton Roads area on Friday and will meet with Brenda Boddie, Vick's mother, and Vick to discuss the player's options. If Vick doesn't accept the suspension, he will either have to transfer to another school or turn pro.
In order to gain immediate eligibility next season by transferring, he'd have to go to a Division I-AA or lower level school. Vick said at a press conference Dec. 29 that he doesn't plan to enter the National Football League Draft in April.
Earlier this week, Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver said he was embarrassed by quarterback Vick's "unacceptable" actions and promised to further review the situation.
This is the latest controversy for Vick, a junior who is a Warwick High graduate and the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick.
For the season, his first as a full-time starter, Vick completed 61.2 percent of his passes for 2,393 yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
n AUBURN: Defensive end Stanley McClover said Thursday he will forgo his senior season and make himself eligible for the NFL Draft.
McClover had 13.5 tackles for loss and eight sacks for the Tigers this season.
"I returned home following the bowl game and had long talks with my parents and prayed a lot about my future," the 6-foot-3, 260-pounder said. "I also received the coaches' input and weighed that into my decision. I feel like this is the right opportunity for me to take my game to the next level."
McClover was hampered by an ankle injury much of the season, but was credited with 7.5 sacks over the final four games.
n LSU: Defensive end Claude Wroten Jr. was arrested on a drug charge after police stopped him for speeding and found marijuana in his car, authorities said Thursday.
Wroten, 22, of Bastrop, was booked late Wednesday for possession of marijuana with intent to distribute and was released on $3,000 bond from the Ouachita Correctional Center.
He was clocked at 77 mph in a 65 mph zone, police Chief Barry Bonner said.
Bonner said Wroten admitted having marijuana for personal consumption. Officers found one bag inside the car in plain view and discovered another tucked in his shoe.
Wroten also had $4,000 in cash, which he said was a loan from his financial adviser to prepare for NFL training, the chief said. Police were unable to immediately contact the adviser, who's name was not released.
Wroten, a senior, was credited with 45 tackles and five sacks this season. Early NFL draft predictions had Wroten being picked in early rounds.
He could not be reached for comment. His father, Claude Wroten Sr., answered the phone at the family's home in Bastrop on Thursday.
"I believe he was set up because Claude is not a drug dealer," the elder Wroten said in an interview with The Associated Press. "But that's what happens when kids don't listen to their parents."
  • TENNESSEE: One of Tennessee's starting offensive linemen says he's headed for the NFL early while a defensive line starter says he's staying.
    Rob Smith, a junior who started every game this season as either center or guard, has told coach Phillip Fulmer he is declaring for the draft. Smith said the firing of offensive line coach Jimmy Ray Stephens affected his decision.
    "I know a lot of people won't agree with this and will tell me that I'm making the wrong decision. But this is what I wanted. If I can't be 110 percent motivated to do something, then I'm cheating everybody. And I wouldn't have been 110 percent motivated if I had come back to Tennessee next season," Smith told The Tennessean.
    The NFL Draft advisory committee predicted Smith will be taken in the fourth or fifth round.
    Defensive tackle Justin Harrell has told Tennessee coaches he intends to return for his senior season. He will be the only returning starter from the defensive line next year.
    Underclassmen have until Jan. 15 to declare for the draft.
  • SENIOR BOWL: The Tennessee Titans' Jeff Fisher and Mike Nolan of the San Francisco 49ers will coach in the Senior Bowl along with their staffs.
    The NFL selects the coaching staffs for the Jan. 28 game, an audition for senior prospects. Fisher and his staff will coach the North, and Nolan and his staff the South, it was announced Thursday.
    The Associated Press contributed to this report.
    Nolan has been an assistant coach in the Senior Bowl four times, the latest when he was Washington's defensive coordinator in 1998.
    "I think coaching in the Senior Bowl is a great opportunity and a blessing for the entire San Francisco 49ers organization," Nolan said. "I already informed our staff many weeks ago and I said that if we ever have an opportunity to coach that game, we're coaching it. That's the best way to evaluate players that I've come to know."
    Fisher also coached in the game as a Philadelphia assistant in 1990.
    "To get hands-on work with these players is invaluable and we look forward to getting to Mobile later this month," he said.
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