The Richmond Times-Dispatch is reporting that Virginia Tech's Marcus Vick will be suspended for at least one game if he returns for his final season of eligibility. Hokie coach Frank Beamer will meet with Vick and his mother Friday to spell out two options and offer a third to the quarterback. The options:
1. He can accept a suspension — likely one game, possibly more — at the start of the 2006 season.
2. He can transfer to a Division I-AA school and have full eligibility.
3. He can turn pro, which Vick would need to do by the Jan. 15 deadline.
Vick was caught on tape stomping on the left leg of Louisville's Elvis Dumervil in the Gator Bowl. No penalty was called, but Steve Usecheck, the Big 12 official who led the crew in Monday's game, told the Daily Press of Newport News that if officials had seen Vick stomp on Dumervil's leg, they would have tossed him from the game. "I wish we had the opportunity to talk to (Vick) because that was complete (expletive). ... You bet I would have thrown his ass out." Usecheck also said Virginia Tech's first-half taunting and late hits were the worst he has seen in his 22 seasons. The Hokies are scheduled to open with home games against Kent State, Southern Mississippi and Cincinnati. Not exactly murder's row. Nonetheless, even Hokie faithful appear to have lost patience and are asking for order to be restored.
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