Saturday, December 29, 2007


Virginia Tech running back Branden Ore, the Hokies' leading rusher, has been suspended for the first quarter of the Orange Bowl because he was late to the final practice before the Christmas break, a school spokesman confirmed today. Sophomore Kenny Lewis will start against Kansas.

Athletic department spokesman Bryan Johnston told The Associated Press in a phone interview from Hollywood, Fla. on Friday night, that Ore was about 45 minutes late to practice on Dec. 21, the team's last workout before Christmas break.

Ore leads the team with 876 yards and eight rushing touchdowns. Lewis has played in all 13 games this season, but this will be his first start. He is third on the team behind quarterback Tyrod Taylor with 53 carries for 183 yards and four touchdowns.

Associate head coach Billy Hite supported the school's decision and said:
"I talked with Coach [Frank] Beamer on Friday and I recommended that we suspend Branden for a quarter," Hite was quoted as saying in the Roanoke Times. "I'm not putting up with that kind of stuff. In order for us to win ball games, we can't have guys showing up at practice whenever they want to. Everybody else made it to practice on time, so there's no excuse for Branden not making it, too."

Maybe he was studying and fell asleep in the library? Naaaaahhhh...that's crazy talk!

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