Two-time All-Met defensive lineman Keenan Carter of Potomac is no longer attending Fork Union Military Academy, but his shortened stay at the prep school will not prevent him from enrolling at the University of Virginia this summer, Cavaliers Coach Al Groh said.
According to the Roanoke Times, Carter was dismissed from the school this month for fighting. Fork Union postgraduate football coach John Shuman did not return phone calls, but told the Roanoke newspaper that, "Keenan got in a big fight and I was the first guy on the scene. He didn't back down and the other kid didn't back down. I thought it was excessive enough that we had to pursue it through the commandant's office. . . . We thought it got out of control and had to make a decision."
Carter, reached at his home in Dumfries, said his role in the incident "was like a bystander-type thing" and that he still is completing course work that he submits by e-mail and campus visits.
"Everything's all right," said Carter, who had met all his college entrance requirements last fall at Fork Union. "I didn't get dismissed; I'm just not living there. It wasn't like everybody said it was.
"I'm just looking forward to going to U-Va. And I'm working my butt off here now. I paid my dues there anyway, so I'm just getting ready for school."
"He did what he went there for -- he completed his academic work," said Groh, who declined to discuss details of the incident and said he looked forward to having Carter on campus this weekend for the Cavaliers' annual spring game.
Despite his early departure, the 6-foot-2 Carter, who said his weight is now around 323 after soaring as high as about 375 less than a year ago, has not been soured on his Fork Union experience.
"I recommend a lot of athletes from around here to go down there because they'll learn a lot," he said. "I worked harder than I did in academics and in training, so that's a good thing. I matured a lot. I became a lot more responsible."
"He's done a lot with the last nine months, athletically and academically," Groh said.