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Virginia Tech AD: RB Michael Holmes no longer with school

By Chip Patterson | College Football/Basketball Writer

Virginia Tech has parted ways with running back Michael Holmes, according to AD Jim Weaver. (USATSI)
Virginia Tech has parted ways with running back Michael Holmes, according to AD Jim Weaver. (USATSI)

Suspended Virginia Tech running back Michael Holmes was eligible to be reinstated to the football team, but his career with the Hokies ended with a ruling from the school's student judicial board.

On Tuesday, Virginia Tech athletic director Jim Weaver told reporters that Holmes has been "permanently separated from the university" by a student judicial board.

"I don't know exactly what the situation is," Weaver told the Daily Press' David Teel. "This is a difficult one to communicate … I can only tell you what has occurred."

Student judicial records are private, preventing Weaver or Frank Beamer from commenting on the decision that led to Holmes' dismissal.

Holmes was charged with felony malicious wounding in April after a fight in downtown Blacksburg. Per university policy, the running back was suspended indefinitely from all team activities pending a court judgement. Last month, the charges were reduced to misdemeanor assault and Holmes became eligible for reinstatement.

As a freshman, Homes rushed for 280 yards and four touchdowns on 70 carries. He appeared in eleven games and started five but finished as the third-leading rusher among running backs. (The Hokies' leading rusher in 2012 was quarterback Logan Thomas.)

The inability to establish a consistent ground game was one of the many reasons for the Hokies' uncharacteristic 7-6 finish a year ago. Holmes was expected to compete for playing time in 2013 with sophomore J.C. Coleman (109 carries, 492 yards and two touchdowns in 2012) and redshirt freshman Trey Edmunds.

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