Virginia Tech running back Michael Holmes has been expelled from the university, a school spokesman announced today. The decision was handed down by the Virginia Tech Student Conduct Committee sometime last month.
The sophomore running back was involved in a fight around 2 a.m. on April 21, just a few hours after the Hokies’ spring game. He was originally charged with felony malicious wounding and two counts of simple assault, but plead guilty to a reduced charge of misdemeanor assault and battery.
Holmes was sentenced to a 12-month suspended jail sentence, one year of probation, and ordered to pay $13,403 in restitution.
With the reduced charge, it was thought that Athletic Director Jim Weaver could possibly reinstate Holmes to the team. Weaver, however, confirmed the expulsion today to David Teel of the Newport News Daily Press saying that Holmes is “permanently separated from the university.”
A Harrisonburg, VA native, Holmes was expected to compete for the starting role this season. He started five games for the Hokies in 2012, rushing for 280 yards and four touchdowns.
Virginia Tech will now rely on redshirt freshman Trey Edmunds and sophomore J.C. Coleman to carry the load at running back. This could also put more pressure on the shoulders of quarterback Logan Thomas who led the Holies in rushing yards last season.
The Hokies open their season on Aug. 31 against Alabama.