Virginia Tech running back Michael Holmes has been dismissed from the team and the school, according to a school spokesman.
Holmes was kicked out of school by a panel of his peers on the university’s student judiciary committee -- not the athletic department -- after he was found guilty of a reduced misdemeanor charge of assault and battery. Holmes was originally facing a felony malicious wounding charge for his alleged involvement in a fight in April. Because the felony was reduced to a misdemeanor charge, Holmes could have been reinstated by athletic director Jim Weaver, as long as he was cleared by the university. The student judiciary panel, though, is of a higher authority than the school’s athletic director.
Weaver was not immediately available for comment.
Holmes was sentenced to a 12-month suspended jail sentence and placed on one year of probation, and he was also ordered to pay $13,403 in restitution and to not have contact with any victims involved in the case.
Holmes was third on the depth chart coming out of spring practices, as J.C. Coleman and Trey Edmunds were listed as the top two running backs, respectively. Tony Gregory is now the third-string running back.
Quarterback Logan Thomas led the Hokies in rushing yards last year, and Coleman was second on the team with 492 yards and two touchdowns. Gregory had 299 yards and one touchdown, while Holmes had 280 yards and four touchdowns. He averaged four yards per carry.