Virginia Tech Hokies' football team seemed to hit the chord with its fans, media and school this week after its 35-24 triumph of Louisville Cardinals. In fact, the Virginia Governor-elect Tom Kaine said, "It made my heart sank," after seeing Virginia Tech's Quarterback Marcus Vick stomped his right feet on the left knee of Louisville's All-American Elvis Dumervil. The VT fans overwhelmed the local media in Roanoke, Richmond, Norfolk and its Hokies websites, demanding that Marcus Vick be reprimanded. (See the video of Marcus Vick stomping on Louisville Cardinal's Elvis Dumervil via the link!)
It was not the first time that Marcus Vick did something like that. In fact, I was surprised to learn that the VT fans seemed to be fed up with its players' behaviors, especially with Marcus Vick. The repeated calls to reprimand the players that deemed to behave like "thugs". In fact, the referee for 2005 Gator Bowl said that the behavior of VT players were pretty "out of control".
The image of VT football team is at stake, really. Consider this:
Sept. 2, 2003: Suspended for one game by coach Frank Beamer for undisclosed reason.One VT fan snapped, "I rather for the football team to go 4-8 and have some dignity than this!"
Feb. 17, 2004: Arrested without incident and charged with four misdemeanors -- three for allegedly allowing underage girls to have alcohol and one for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old at a January party. Released on $2,500 bond.
May 14, 2004: Convicted of three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $2,250. Found not guilty of having sex with the 15-year-old.
July 3, 2004: Charged with reckless driving and possession of marijuana after a traffic stop about 25 miles east of Richmond, Va. at 2:30 a.m. Police said he was clocked at 86 mph, 21 mph above the speed limit, and that the vehicle smelled of marijuana.
July 6, 2004: Indefinitely suspended from football team for off-field problems.
Aug. 3, 2004: Suspended from the university for the 2004 season on same day he pleads guilty to reckless driving and no contest to marijuana possession in New Kent, Va. Is fined $300, has driver's license suspended for 60 days and is placed in a first offender program on the marijuana charge, requiring that he perform 24 hours of community service, undergo drug counseling and random drug tests, and give up his driver's license for six months.
Sept. 13, 2004: In plea deal, pleads no contest to one misdemeanor count of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Receives 30-day suspended jail sentence, is fined $100, ordered to perform 24 hours of community service and stay away from the teenage girls.
Jan. 17, 2005: Cleared to rejoin football team and re-enroll at Virginia Tech.
Oct. 1, 2005: Leads No. 3 Hokies to 34-20 victory at West Virginia, and makes obscene gesture to fans who have been calling him names related to past problems throughout the game. He apologized a day later.
Dec. 17, 2005: Pulled over by police in Hampton, Va. for driving 38 mph in a 25 mph zone and driving with a suspended license.
Jan. 2, 2006: Leads Virginia Tech to a 35-24 win over Louisville in Gator Bowl. In the game, he stomped on the left calf of Cardinals All-American defensive end Elvis Dumervil, the NCAA sacks leader. Claims the incident was accidental and that he apologized to Dumervil, who denies ever receiving apology.
Source: The Associated Press
Boom! Virginia Tech President Charles Steger has announced that the football team dismissed Marcus Vick today after the series of inappropriate behaviors. Marcus Vick shrugged and said, that it is no big deal. He's turning professional, anyway.
Either way, I compliment the school to kick Marcus Vick off the team ... permanently. People needs to know that people like Marcus Vick has no place in collegiate football to play as a thug. If you wanted to be a thug, go to The Bronx or East Los Angeles!