Statement from Jim Weaver: Disciplinary action taken
July 6, 2004
I remain deeply concerned by the situation involving our three student-athletes. I remain concerned with the known behavior regardless of the judicial disposition. All of us in the Athletics Department believe behavior above reproach should be the norm for Virginia Tech student-athletes.
I believe that the actions this past winter of Mike Imoh, Brenden Hill, and Marcus Vick were inappropriate and contrary to the values of our university and sports communities, and should warrant sanction. Although these matters are on appeal in the criminal courts, I am moving forward in the best interests of all concerned with disciplinary action. I have spoken to the athletes and have levied a three-game suspension at the beginning of this coming season. The student-athletes understand the rationale for this decision.
I also wish to correct reporting errors in published news articles last week. The universityís Comprehensive Action Plan is clear. Never have any university officials suggested that I not take disciplinary action against student athletes nor suggested that I do not have the right or authority to impose disciplinary sanctions from athletic play. Indeed, the university president and I have discussed my options and the appropriate course of action. He clearly has supported my authority and urged me to expeditiously move forward the disciplinary process. He concurs in this action.
Note: The athletic director will not comment further and the statement speaks for the university.