Thursday, August 23, 2007

VICK STAYING PUT AT TECH

Again, the folks at Virginia Tech do well under adverse circumstances. As soon as the word leaked out that Vick would plead guilty, the cries for the Hokies to abandon his legacy began. Luckily, cooler heads prevailed. The Hokie brain trust was wise to deal with this now, as indecision only fuels the fire -- a distraction the football team doesn't need vs. ECU or LSU.

According to the Daily Press: Despite Vick's plan to enter a guilty plea next Monday in a Richmond courtroom on dogfighting charges, Weaver said Tuesday there are no plans to remove the Vick 7 banner at Lane Stadium or any other reminders of Vick's playing days. Weaver said the banner is a tribute to Vick's college career.

"He earned that while he was (at Tech) before he engaged in these (dogfighting) activities," Beamer said. "Personally, I don't think there's any need to do anything about it."

In addition to the banner, which was raised in a ceremony in 2002, a hallway in the Jamerson Athletic Center bears Vick's name -- Michael Vick Hall. Inside the hallway are meeting and film rooms used by the football team. There are also several mementos in an athletic museum in the Jamerson Center associated with games Vick participated in during his two years (1999 and 2000) as Tech's starting quarterback.

Weaver said Vick's name won't be removed from the hallway door, and none of the mementos will be removed either. Weaver added he hadn't had any discussions with university administration about removing Michael Vick-related materials.

"I don't see any reason to do anything at this time," Weaver said. "But I will just tell you that I'm saddened that this has happened. We certainly don't condone the activities."

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