Thursday, September 11, 2008

AS USUAL, VOTE OF CONFIDENCE EQUALS BAD NEWS

Fresh off a denial of any wrong-doing while on probation and a vote of confidence from both head Coach Al Groh and UVA AD Craig Littlepage, starting quarterback Peter Lalich has been sacked for Saturday’s game vs. UConn.

Sophomore Marc Verica will start in Lalich's place.

Lalich was charged with the probation violation Sept. 4, but Groh stuck with his quarterback in last Saturday's game against Richmond. Following the game, Groh said he did not hesitate to start the sophomore from West Springfield High.

Yesterday's decision came one day after Groh and Lalich addressed reporters and provided no indication that a change was being considered.

"We stand by Peter and in talking with him have made a decision which is best in the short term for him, the team, and our University," Groh said in a statement released by Virginia's sports information office. "We have a strong set of standards and values on our team that reflect those of the University and we do not compromise those values to win football games."

Virginia Athletic Director Craig Littlepage said in the statement that he met with Groh and Lalich and supported the decision.

Lalich is due in Charlottesville General District Court on Sept. 26, the day before the Cavaliers' Atlantic Coast Conference opener at Duke. They have a bye week after Saturday's game, meaning it will be the only game Lalich is scheduled to miss before his court date.

(Photo courtesy of Roanoke Times)

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