Michael Holmes, who rushed for 280 yards on 70 carries for the Virginia Tech Hokies last season as a redshirt freshman, has been booted from the university after being found guilty of misdemeanor assault and battery charges in June. According to athletic director Jim Weaver, a student judicial panel made the decision to “disassociate” Holmes from the university last month, but Weaver was just informed of the decision last week.
Holmes was arrested and charged with a felony for malicious wounding (plus two counts of assault) for his involvement in a fight that took place on April 21st that began between his current girlfriend and an ex-girlfriend. Virginia Tech’s policy is to automatically suspend players for felonies, but there was a small hope that Holmes could be allowed back on the team since the chargers were reduced to the aforementioned misdemeanor. The student conduct office, though, nipped any chance of reinstatement in the bud by dismissing the 20-year-old from the campus.
Richard Barnes, the father of one of the two girls involved and an uncle to the man Holmes assaulted during the fray, Antoine Barnes, had harsh words about Holmes:
I don’t think he should ever be allowed to play football again. He should have gotten more. He’s a danger to society. He’s done it once. He’ll do it again.
[Source: The Roanoke Times]