Virginia Tech Director of Athletics Jim Weaver said yesterday that he will "levy sanctions this coming season" on the three football players, among them quarterback Marcus Vick, who were convicted Friday of three misdemeanors each of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
Vick's lawyer, Marc Long, said he filed an appeal yesterday at noon. He said there is a hearing set for July 13 at Montgomery County (Va.) Circuit Court in Christiansburg but he hopes to get the date moved up. Long said he expected the lawyers of tailback Mike Imoh (Robinson High) and wide receiver Brenden Hill to also file an appeal.
Weaver would not be specific about the sanctions to Vick, Imoh and Hill. However, in a statement released on the school's athletic Web site he said: "Although these matters are on appeal, the athletic department remains disturbed and disappointed over these actions . . . if there is no resolution [to the appeals] before the season begins, disciplinary measures will be enforced."
Because student disciplinary actions are confidential, Weaver said, these will not be disclosed.
"However," he added, "when the season starts, the sanctions will be readily apparent."
Under the school's Comprehensive Action Plan, put in place in 1997 after 22 arrests involving 15 football players during a 15-month span, Weaver has the authority to sanction players charged or convicted of a misdemeanor. Coach Frank Beamer suspended Vick for the James Madison game last season for an unspecified violation of team rules.
After an eight-hour trial Friday in Christiansburg, Va., on charges relating to a late-night party involving alcohol with three underage girls Jan. 27 in the Blacksburg apartment Vick and Hill share, Vick was sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $2,250. He was found not guilty of a fourth charge, having sex with a 15-year-old girl. Imoh was sentenced to 10 days in jail and fined $750, Hill to 20 days in jail and a $1,500 fine.