The Vick Saga Continues

If I told you that I was an engineer and you looked at my screen name, it wouldn’t take much to figure out that I work with a bunch of VT grads. The Vick stomp has been a water-cooler topic this week and here are a few of the comments:

– Several said that he should not be allowed back in school.
– Several said that they would rather take their chances with the QB red-shirting this year than to put up with any more stuff from Vick.
– One co-worker pointed out that his attitude had obviously been a problem ever since he spiked the ball after scoring in the ACC championship game.
– After the ACC championship game, my manager wrote a letter to the AD saying that the behavior of the team was an embarrassment to the University and to its graduates…and this was before MV-2’s latest episode.
– Several wondered just how many chances Beamer, the AD, and the school president were going to give him.
– Some type of suspension is assumed….the question is how long. If the UVa player got one game for taking a shot at the BC lineman’s knees…..then you throw in Vick’s previous behavior….the most often guessed number is three games.
– BLS shared a link to the thoughts of a big VT fan.
Even the Gov-Elect of VA took time to denounce Vick.

All-in-all, I was favorably impressed with my co-workers. Not a single one made excuses or even argued for a one-game suspension against a Directional-Michigan school (one of VT’s favorite sources for OOC fodder). Strangely enough, I don’t have much of a strong opinion either way. After a while, the story of another athlete that does something stupid, violent, illegal, or some combination fails to generate much response unless you are directly connected in some way. It’s pretty clear that Ron Mexico is going to end up taking care of Marcus for the rest of his life, and I just can’t generate much concern.

I do know this…an adult is responsible for his actions. No one can blame Beamer or the school for what Marcus did. However, the officials from the school and the athletic department are adults too…and should be held accountable for the actions that they take in this situation. Evidently a decision has been made, even though it has not been officially released. I suspect that the school will issue a press release as soon as the cameras can get to campus in the morning.

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7 Responses to The Vick Saga Continues

  1. BJD95 01/06/2006 at 12:06 PM #

    I hate that I missed that play – but from what I hear, it was bad. At least VT is going to acknowledge that it WAS bad, unlike Duke and Coach K re the infamous Laettner stomping incident.

  2. lumberpack 01/06/2006 at 12:34 PM #

    If this had been an NCSU player doing the stomping, the ACC office would have suspended the Team for 2006 Bowl Game, ala the crap the office pulled against Hodge in 2003/04.

    It’s an amazing double standard.

  3. VaWolf82 01/06/2006 at 12:39 PM #

    I suspect if not for his last name and prior history, it wouldn’t have been much of a story at all.

  4. VaWolf82 01/06/2006 at 12:56 PM #

    A Roanoke TV station has a couple of clips linked from this page that show the incident. The one under the following title starts with Vick claiming to apologize at about the 3 minute mark and then shows the incident.

    Hokies Come Back to Win Gator Bowl – But Vick’s Second Quarter Antics Under Scrutiny

  5. Sammy Kent 01/06/2006 at 1:11 PM #

    Vick should be thrown off the team for good, as UVa’s Brad Butler should have been for his cheap shot on Kiwanuka. As a citizen of the Commonwealth I am embarrassed and infuriated that these flagrant attempts to injure other players is dealt with so lamely.

  6. Class of '74 01/06/2006 at 1:20 PM #

    At the very least he should be suspended for a game with a public statement of final warning any other mischief would result in dismisal from the university. He’s a punk but in todays culture this stuff is all to common. Just look at ESPN sports center every night and it’s there for all to see. Very sad.

  7. Arstal 01/06/2006 at 5:19 PM #

    The decision was to kick him off the team. He’s gone for good.

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