In a decision handed down by the Virginia Tech Student Conduct Committee a month ago, Holmes was “permanently separated from the university” and will no longer be on the football team, Athletic Director Jim Weaver confirmed Tuesday. Weaver’s office was informed about Holmes’s dismissal last week.
Holmes, 20, originally faced a felony malicious wounding charge for his involvement in a fight just hours after Virginia Tech’s spring game on April 21 and was indefinitely suspended from the football program. He then agreed to plead guilty to a reduced charge in a Montgomery County (Va.) court last month.
Weaver had planned to discuss reinstating Holmes to the football team with Coach Frank Beamer soon, but Holmes’s peers took the decision out of his hands. According to the Division of Student Affairs Web site, Holmes is allowed to appeal the decision in writing.
Weaver said he had no knowledge of what led to the Student Conduct Committee’s ruling, or if it involved more evidence than what was presented in Montgomery County General District Court last month. He declined to comment on whether he agreed with the decision.
“It doesn’t happen very often. I can think of maybe two other cases since the time I’ve been here,” said Weaver, who arrived on campus in 1997.
Beamer was in a staff meeting and not immediately available for comment.
After pleading guilty, Holmes was sentenced to a 12-month suspended jail sentence, placed on one year of probation and ordered to pay $13,403 in restitution by a district court judge after a skirmish started by his current girlfriend, Karoline Seekford, and his ex-girlfriend, Virginia Tech track and field athlete Ciara Simms, in a parking lot near campus around 2 a.m. on April 21.
One of the victims in the case, Kierra Barnes, has filed a $25,000 civil suit against Holmes, alleging he punched her in the face and must pay for nose surgery. Holmes’s misdemeanor conviction was the result of his altercation with Barnes’s cousin, Antoine.
Holmes, a Harrisonburg, Va., native, started five games in the Virginia Tech backfield and rushed for 280 yards and four touchdowns last year. The redshirt sophomore was one of three players battling to be the Hokies’ starting tailback in 2013.
Redshirt freshman Trey Edmunds and sophomore J.C. Coleman are now the front-runners to assume the bulk of the rushing duties this fall. Coleman rushed for 492 yards and two touchdowns as a freshman in 2012. Edmunds was a Parade all-American after gaining 2,596 yards as a high school senior in Danville, Va.