Ga. Southern Coach Denies Rumors Vick Will Transfer
Thursday, July 29, 2004; Page D02
GREENVILLE, S.C., July 28 -- Georgia Southern Coach Mike Sewak said Wednesday that Virginia Tech quarterback Marcus Vick has never contacted him about transferring to the Division I-AA school, nor has anyone who claimed to be representing Vick.
Several media outlets reported Tuesday that Vick had inquired about transferring to Georgia Southern, which is located in Statesboro, Ga., about 200 miles southeast of Atlanta. Vick's older brother, Michael, is quarterback of the Atlanta Falcons.
"Everybody up there speculates, but no one has contacted me on his behalf," Sewak said. "Besides, I'm holding out for his older brother."
Marcus Vick, a sophomore from Newport News, was suspended indefinitely by Virginia Tech Athletics Director Jim Weaver on July 6, three days after Vick was charged with reckless driving and misdemeanor possession of marijuana. In May, Vick was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $2,250 after he was convicted of three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Those charges stemmed from a drinking party at Vick's apartment where he and two teammates gave alcohol to 14- and 15-year-old girls and encouraged them to disrobe.
Vick, 20, appealed the conviction and his new trial is scheduled for Nov. 1 in Montgomery County circuit court in Blacksburg. Weaver hasn't said how long Vick will be suspended, but the quarterback will miss at least the Hokies' first three games. Weaver suspended Vick, running back Mike Imoh (Robinson High) and wide receiver Brenden Hill for the first three games for their convictions in the earlier incident.
Michael Vick, who also played at Virginia Tech, wouldn't say much about his younger brother's legal problems after the Falcons' first training-camp practice on Wednesday.
"I think he'll be fine," the elder Vick said. "I think just sitting out, he'll be all right."
-- Mark Schlabach
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