Affectionately referred to by UVa fans as Rule 2b: Any possible outcome with the potential to adversely affect Virginia shall indeed be the outcome in fact. After Cavaliers fans were getting pretty hyped up over the football team's recruiting class, there's only one explanation for the recent developments involving the arrests of sophomores Mike Price, Ausar Walcott and Devin Wallace: Rule 2b.
All three of the players have been suspended indefinitely for "conduct detrimental to the team" as of this past Tuesday, February 8. As it turns out, such conduct includes misdemeanor and felony charges, which is exactly what these three are facing after attending a party at JMU on January 30, 2011.
According to a Cavalier Daily article, JMU senior and party host Kyle Kelly recounted that "all the sudden, three or four guys barged in screaming, and they wanted to fight because they thought somebody had [directed a racial slur toward] them, and there was a big scuffle."
"The players know the expectations I have for them as student-athletes both on and off the field, and as representatives of both the football program and the University," coachsaid in a press release Tuesday. "I am disappointed in the conduct of these individuals and the fact they chose not to represent themselves in the appropriate manner."
Each of the players face three misdemeanor charges of assault and battery by mob and one felony charge of burglary-entering a dwelling with the intent to commit an assault.
Wallace, a cornerback, played in all 12 games this season, starting in seven of them. As it turns out, Wallace had also been arrested back in September for a misdemeanor - purchase/possession of alcohol, but had not reported it to the school. Wallace will be referred to either the Honor or Judiciary Committee for the non-report.
Price, center, appeared in two games, starting in one (Eastern Michigan). He lined up for a total of 39 plays.
Walcott, a linebacker, started in 11 of 12 games this season, having moved from safety to linebacker. He was third on the team with 56 tackles and had 10 tackles against Florida State.
The good news is that it's only February, and there's a lot of time to get this resolved. My guess is that these players will likely miss part of spring practice, but I'm not sure how big of an overall impact the loss is. Still, it can be frustrating for fans who are seeing such a turnaround in the program to hear of this news.