Coach Frank Beamer confirmed on the Tech Talk Live radio show Tuesday night that he met with Manning Tuesday and will do so again Wednesday to determine his future with the program. Neither Beamer nor the team’s assistant coaches would go into detail regarding the freshman’s status, but his issues could stem from previously unreported legal missteps.
Manning, a freshman who enrolled early at Virginia Tech last January, has been charged with two misdemeanors, in addition to three other minor traffic charges, since arriving on campus, according to Virginia’s online court records.
The Miami native was charged with possession of marijuana, which was later dropped, and falsely identifying himself to an officer during an incident on May 19. He was found guilty of the latter charge in Montgomery County (Va.) General District Court on July 26 and his judgment included a 60-day suspended sentence, one year of probation and a $250 fine.
Manning, a four-star recruit coming out of Miami High, had four tackles this year and snagged his first career interception against Austin Peay during the second game of the season. But he had not played much on defense since getting beat for a touchdown when he replaced an injured Kyle Fuller in Virginia Tech’s loss to Cincinnati earlier this year.
If Manning is no longer with the team, it could thrust freshman Donovan Riley and sophomore walk-on Carl Jackson into more prominent roles. Riley came up with his first career interception in last week’s loss to Florida State.