Roland Minor‘s quest to become academically eligible for the 2007 football season has been unsuccessful, and the cornerback’s Virginia Tech football career is over. Head coach Frank Beamer announced at yesterday’s weekly press conference that Minor was ineligible for the season, and since he was to be a redshirt senior, that ends his VT career prematurely.
Minor was slated to be the primary backup at cornerback, and as a redshirt senior, he would have brought valuable experience and talent to the depth chart. Minor started all but one game at the field cornerback spot in the 2005 season. The start of his 2006 season was delayed after he suffered injuries in a car accident in the summer of 2006, and he wasn’t able to play until the fifth game in 2006.
Minor sat out spring football in 2007 to concentrate on his schoolwork but was obviously unsuccessful in maintaining eligibility. In his absence, the Hokies will use Rashad Carmichael to back up Macho Harris at field corner, and Stephan Virgil will back up Brandon Flowers at boundary corner. True freshman Cris Hill may see playing time this season as the fifth cornerback.
Minor is only 13 hours away from graduation, and he will reportedly stay in school to work towards his degree.
Minor’s inability to stay eligible is the latest in a series of problems with Hokie football players recruited out of H.D. Woodson High School in Washington, D.C. From 2003-2005, the Hokies signed four players out of H.D. Woodson: Minor (2003), Theo Miller (2004), Josh Morgan (2004, via Fork Union Military Academy), and William Wall (2005, via Hargrave Military Academy).
- Miller was arrested in the spring of 2005 after brandishing a pellet gun
out the window of an SUV that fellow cornerback Brandon Flowers was driving.
Miller was dismissed from Tech’s football team in the fall of 2005 and was
later convicted of reckless driving in January 2006 after he was clocked
driving 110 mph in Botetourt County.
- William Wall had academic and legal difficulties in his short Tech career,
as well. He was eventually dismissed from the team in October 2006 by Frank
Beamer for “repeated disciplinary issues,” including run-ins with
the Tech coaches during practices and games.
- Morgan is still playing for the Hokies, of course, and has had a
successful career on the field, with 80 career catches and 11 career
touchdowns, including four catches for 40 yards on Saturday against ECU.
Morgan was arrested in September of 2006 and was charged with disorderly
conduct and obstructing justice, along with Chris Ellis, who was charged
with obstructing justice. Both were suspended for the Hokies’ game against
Georgia Tech last year.
In other Tech football news:
Hokies Still Ranked #9 in Both Polls: After #5 Michigan’s stunning loss to Appalachian State last weekend, the Wolverines dropped completely out of the top 25 polls, giving the #9 Hokies a chance to move up. Tech is still ranked #9, however, because Louisville jumped the Hokies to #8 in both polls after humiliating Murray State 73-10 in their opener.
Chancellor Probable Against LSU: Tech Rover Kam Chancellor slightly sprained his knee against ECU but should be ready to play against LSU.