The playing status of University of Virginia junior tailback Antwoine Womack was unclear today, one day after his conviction on a misdemeanor assault charge.
Although it was Womack's second misdemeanor conviction in less than two years, Virginia Athletic Director Terry Holland said today that there is no department policy specifically governing a situation such as Womack's.
"The Dean of Students Office would make the final decision on whether or not any student would be eligible for extracurricular activities," Holland said via electronic mail. "A coach can then consider whether or not the individual will participate with her/his particular team. There is no athletic department policy that would automatically prevent any qualified and otherwise eligible student from participating in athletics or any other extracurricular activity."
Womack, originally charged with two counts of felony malicious wounding for an on-campus fight Feb. 7, was convicted of one count of misdemeanor assault and battery in Albemarle County Circuit Court Thursday. The jury fined Womack $1,000. On Jan. 29, 1998, Womack was given a 30-day suspended sentence for a misdemeanor assault of a female university student. The probation period ended Jan. 29, 1999, just eight days before the fight.
Holland declined to comment on whether Womack's scholarship will be rescinded because of the criminal court verdict. Neither Cavaliers Coach George Welch, Dean of Students Penny Rue nor Womack's attorneys could be reached to comment.
Womack could face additional university-related penalties from the school's student-run judiciary committee.