Virginia Tech to review its handling of Marcus Vick


Published: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Sunday, January 22, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
BLACKSBURG, Va. - Virginia Tech president Charles Steger asked a school oversight committee to look into Tech's handling of former quarterback Marcus Vick, who was tossed from the team for a series of offenses.
Vick, the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, was kicked off the team Jan. 6 following a succession of legal and other problems, including his unsportsmanlike conduct in the Gator Bowl.
Three days after he was booted from the team, Vick was charged with pulling a gun on three people in a restaurant parking lot in Suffolk. He has announced his intention to enter the NFL draft.
Steger said he will ask a committee to look into how Tech dealt with its former quarterback's indiscretions and see if changes should be made to the 4,000-word document that outlines the university's rules on student-athlete behavior.
"I do want to find out what actually happened," Steger told The Roanoke Times for Saturday's editions. "Each person, when confronted with the situation, did what they thought was right. ... Now, are there things that we need to put in place to make the process of handling such an instance more effective in the future?"
Joseph Tront, the chairman of the University Athletics Committee, told The Associated Press on Saturday he had received the directive from Steger and planned to meet Wednesday with other committee members.
Tront said "nothing is ever cast in stone" and the student-athlete code is subject to occasional revision. Among the issues Steger wants explore are whether athletes should be compelled to disclose when they get in trouble with the law.
Vick, 21, is free on $10,000 bond until a March court appearance on three misdemeanor counts of brandishing a firearm.
Police said the parents of a 17-year-old boy reported that Vick pointed a weapon at their son and two others during an altercation a fast food restaurant in Suffolk, the southeastern Virginia city where Vick's mother lives.
If convicted of all three counts, Vick could be sentenced to up to three years in jail and a $7,500 fine.
The final offense that got Vick kicked off the team was his stomping on the left calf of Louisville All-American Elvis Dumervil during the Gator Bowl. He also received a speeding ticket and a ticket for driving on a suspended license in Hampton on Dec. 17 while under a "zero tolerance" policy from Virginia Tech.
In 24 career games, the 6-foot, 212-pound Vick threw for 2,868 yards, 19 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He also ran 184 times for 492 yards and six TDs.

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