The Virginia Tech Athletic Department reinstated redshirt freshman quarterback Ike Whitaker to the football team Monday afternoon, and game times for Tech’s out of conference football games were announced, as well.
Whitaker’s suspension, incurred when he was arrested for underage possession of alcohol on March 1st, was lifted Monday. “We asked Ike to get some things done and he has made progress in that regard,” Tech Coach Frank Beamer said in a hokiesports.com press release. “With that in mind, he has been reinstated to the team. I feel comfortable that Ike will work hard to be a successful part of this football program.”
Charges of public intoxication and destruction of property were later added as a result of the March 1st incident, in which Whitaker said he was only trying to scare two friends by knocking on their dorm window. The window broke, leading to Whitaker’s arrest and subsequent charges, all three misdemeanors.
On March 23rd, Whitaker pled no contest and received a deferred sentence. If he stays out of trouble for a year, pays to fix the dorm-room window and serves community service, his record will be wiped clean.
In other news, the Virginia Tech Athletics Department announced Monday that the Hokies’ 2006 non-conference football games against Northeastern, Cincinnati, Southern Miss and Kent State will all kick off at 1:30 p.m., unless they are selected for broadcast by a television network.
Tech Athletic Director Jim Weaver said the game time was selected to allow fans that travel from greater distances a little more time to make the trip to Lane Stadium on Saturdays.
The Northeastern game is Tech’s season opener on Sept. 2. The Hokies are scheduled to play host to Cincinnati on Sept. 23, Southern Miss on Oct. 21 and Kent State on Nov. 11.
The times for Virginia Tech’s Atlantic Coast Conference games are still to be determined.
TechSideline.com’s 2006 football schedules have been updated with the new times.