BLACKSBURG, Va. -- Virginia Tech president Charles Steger asked a school oversight committee to look into Tech's handling of former quarterback Marcus Vick, who was tossed from the team for a series of offenses.
Vick, the younger brother of Atlanta Falcons quarterback Michael Vick, was kicked off the team Jan. 6 following a succession of legal and other problems, including his unsportsmanlike conduct in
the Gator Bowl.
Three days after he was booted from the team, Vick was charged
with pulling a gun on three people in a restaurant parking lot in
Suffolk. He has announced his intention to enter the NFL draft.
Steger said he will ask a committee to look into how Tech dealt with its former quarterback's indiscretions and see if changes should be made to the 4,000-word document that outlines the state university's rules on student-athlete behavior.
"I do want to find out what actually happened," Steger told The Roanoke Times for Saturday's editions. "Each person, when confronted with the situation, did what they thought was right. ... Now, are there things that we need to put in place to make the process of handling such an instance more effective in the
Joseph Tront, the chairman of the University Athletics
Committee, told The Associated Press on Saturday he had received
the directive from Steger and planned to meet Wednesday with other committee members.
While he declined to speculate on the outcome of the internal
review, Tront said "nothing is every cast in stone" and the
student-athlete code is subject to occasional revision.
Among the issues Steger wants to explore are whether athletes should be compelled to disclose when they get in trouble with the law.
Vick, 21, is free on $10,000 bond until a March court appearance
on three misdemeanor counts of brandishing a firearm.
Police said the parents of a 17-year-old boy reported that Vick
pointed a weapon at their son and two others during an altercation
at a fast food restaurant in Suffolk, the southeastern Virginia city
where Vick's mother lives.
If convicted of all three counts, Vick could be sentenced to up
to three years in jail and a $7,500 fine.
The final offense that got Vick kicked off the team was his
stomping on the left calf of Louisville All-American Elvis Dumervil
during the Gator Bowl. He also received a speeding ticket and a
ticket for driving on a suspended license in Hampton on Dec. 17
while under a "zero tolerance" policy from Virginia Tech.
In 24 career games, the 6-foot, 212-pound Vick threw for 2,868 yards, 19 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He also ran 184 times for 492 yards and six TDs.