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Hokies K Cody Journell suspended after arrest

Posted on: December 22, 2011 12:39 pm
 
Posted by Chip Patterson

Virginia Tech sophomore kicker Cody Journell's status for the Sugar Bowl on Jan. 2 against Michigan is now in jeopardy, after an alleged home invasion led to his indefinite suspension from the football team.

The sophomore kicker and two others were arrested and charged with breaking and entering by Blacksburg police late Wednesday night. Below is the report, via The Roanoke Times.

Just before 10 p.m. Wednesday, Blacksburg police responded to a residence on Lee Street, just outside of the downtown area in reference to a physical altercation, according to a morning news release.

An investigation into an alleged home invasion began shortly after and resulted in the arrests of Cody J. Journell, 20; Matthew D. Dunton, 23; and Matthew I. Brady, 21. Each were charged with breaking and entering, a class 2 felony due to the alleged use of a dangerous weapon, according to police.

University policy dictates that Journell be suspended indefinitely from the football team until further information is gathered. As off early Thursday afternoon, all three men are currently being held without bond at the Montgomery County Jail while the investigation continues.

Journell led the ACC field goal percentage, hitting 14 of his 17 attempts on the season. The redshirt sophomore earned All-ACC honorable mention and connected on 43 of 44 extra points on the season. Should he be ruled out for the Sugar Bowl, the place kicking duties would likely be assumed by Tyler Weiss or kickoff specialist Justin Myer.

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Since: Aug 14, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 9:23 pm
 

Hokies K Cody Journell suspended after arrest

I live in the area and used to play soccer with the guy, never really liked him. Heres a better cite it says it was a bad drug deal, they thought they got cheated and went back with airsoft guns. Though it still counts as possesion of a deadly weapon because the victims believed them to be real.



Since: Nov 25, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 7:00 pm
 

Hokies K Cody Journell suspended after arrest

Hmph.  That Roanoke Times link takes us to another webpage BUT from what I read on Roanoke.com (the Roanoke Times website) it sounds like they a) broke into a home b) with a gun.  That does not sound good at all folks.  I'm fairly sure that this guy is in deep chit.

Breaking & Entering - Other Misdemeanors
Occupied dwelling, enter, intent to commit misd. BUR-2219-F6 §18.2-92 1Y-5Y (II)
Occupied dwelling, enter, intent to commit misd. - deadly weapon BUR-2220-F2 §18.2-92 20Y-Life (I)
(From the Virginia Crime Codes)


If they want to make an example of this guy, he could spend life in prison.




Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:58 pm
 

Hokies K Cody Journell suspended after arrest

If he needs money that bad maybe he should trasfer to one of the schools that have boosters giving out those $200 to $1000 handshakes. I always thought Beamer and Va Tech ran a pretty legit program. It is a shame that this happened down there and hope not much is thrown back at the program, as well it should not be, as they have sat him down until things are sorted out. Some of these other big football factories should handle things this way instead of trying to hide it or find away around it until the season is over or the players eligibility is used up.



Since: Dec 31, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 6:30 pm
 

Hokies K Cody Journell suspended after arrest

He will NOT be playing in the Sugar Bowl or traveling with the team.  Per university policy, since Cody was charged with a felony, he is imediately suspended from any and all team activities until the case is resolved.  I think the trial will be sometime in February.



Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:42 pm
 

Hokies K Cody Journell suspended after arrest

From what I hear I don't think you will see this player wearing a VT Uniform in the Sugar Bowl or be with the team in New Orleans period. Journell had a choice when he was envolved in this mess, and now Frank Beamer will not allow this guy doing stuff like this to participate. My guess is Journell will have to serve a suspension period well into next season if he ever plays again at Tech, or possibly be kicked off the team for this serious crime.



Since: Oct 23, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 4:15 pm
 

Hokies K Cody Journell suspended after arrest

I am proud that tech is handling this with greater transparency and putting the students before the game.  This is new behavior at tech compared to some of the decisions the school had made in  previous years  when it concerned student misconduct and still allowing them to play. Things do get better!




Since: Oct 27, 2006
Posted on: December 22, 2011 3:57 pm
 

Hokies K Cody Journell suspended after arrest

There is no assurances that this kid will miss the Sugar Bowl.  It will be interesting to see how Coach Beamer handles this situation.



Since: Oct 22, 2008
Posted on: December 22, 2011 2:45 pm
 

Hokies K Cody Journell suspended after arrest

Maybe Vegas should run a over/under on how many college FB players will miss their bowl games because of a) breaking team rules, b) academics, c) injury, or d) getting arrested.  The list continues to grow year after year...



Since: Sep 30, 2011
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:33 pm
 

Hokies K Cody Journell suspended after arrest

I don't think anyone is rushing to judgement yet.....we wait for the whole thing to play out.  With that said, it does not look good.  Even that the possibility exists that these 3 guys did this is awful.  They are students a school of higher learning and young adults that clearly know right from wrong.  To even be present in a situation where other's are committing the crime is stupid, so why don't these young men starting acting like adults.  Either play by the rules or yes, at some point you will find yourself flipping burgers or locked up in jail or prison.  How hard is it? Just do the right thing.  Stop being a black eye for the institution that gave you a chance on the field and an embarrassment to your family who I hope raised you better.



Since: Sep 15, 2009
Posted on: December 22, 2011 1:24 pm
 

Hokies K Cody Journell suspended after arrest

You know nothing about what went on here.  Let it play out in the courts milo, before you sentence the kids to a life of digging ditches on the side of the road.


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