Virginia Tech Kicker Cody Journell is going to really regret not staying in to prepare for his teams huge Sugar Bowl matchup with the Michigan Wolverines.
It looks like he's going to have more than the Wolverines on his mind.
A class two felony has a way of really making things look bleak, and that's exactly the charge that Journell finds himself facing.
According to Lerone Graham and Andy Bitter of The Roanoke Times, Journell has been accused of breaking and entering into a house with a weapon with the "intent to commit larceny, assault and batter, or another felony".
According to report the incident is centered around a drug transaction.
If the allegations against Journell are indeed true he's going to have a whole lot on his plate to deal with, but the Roanoke Times is also saying that for now the Sugar Bowl will not be an option:
By email, Virginia Tech athletics director Jim Weaver said: "Virginia Tech redshirt sophomore placekicker Cody Journell is immediately suspended indefinitely from the football team in conjunction with University Policy 1035."
Under university policy, a student arrested and charged with a Class 2 felony would be automatically suspended until charges are dropped, said Bryan Johnston with the Virginia Tech athletic department. He said the university is working on the situation and more information would be forthcoming.
So there ya have it folks, Journell breaks into a house and gets suspended the very next day.
Personally, it's refreshing to see action taken so swiftly, especially since high-level athletes seem to get a heavy dose of favoritism nowadays.
Virginia Tech could have tried to find loopholes around this, even though i'm sure there wouldn't many, or they could have done everything in their power to protect Journell.
After-all, they have a huge Sugar Bowl game to play in, and how are they going to do so without their kicker?
They suspended him right away though. No excuses, no questions asked, and the only way he can get back on the team is if the charges are dropped.
Kudos to Virginia Tech for not caring about the score on the football field, and instead doing the right thing as far as life is concerned.
That seems to be a quality that is missing from college football as of late.