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Posted at 7:38 PM ET, 02/ 9/2011

Devin Wallace did not report Sept. arrest, violated U-Va. honor code

By Steve Yanda

Virginia sophomore cornerback Devin Wallace did not report his September arrest in Harrisonburg to the football team or to the university, which is a violation of the school's honor code, a university spokeswoman said Wednesday night.

Wallace's case will be referred for investigation to either the university's Honor Committee or the University Judiciary Committee. He faces the possibility of dismissal from the school.

Wallace was arrested at an off-campus apartment complex near JMU at 9:47 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17 and charged with purchase/possession of alcohol, a class 1 midemeanor.

He was found guilty in absentia for the alcohol charge. The penalties included the suspension of his driver's license for six months and a $500 fine, which Wallace has yet to pay and is past due, according to the Rockingham County General District Court.

Wallace's arrest this past fall occured during the Virginia football team's bye week. He started the Cavaliers' next game, a 48-7 win over Virginia Military Institute on Sept. 25, and recorded one tackle.

The penalty for Wallace's alcohol charge was finalized in a hearing Oct. 25. Wallace did not start the Cavaliers' following game, a 24-19 win over Miami on Oct. 30. Senior Mike Parker started in Wallace's place. London later said he had elected to start Parker because of Miami's tall corps of wide receivers and because Parker had practiced well the previous week. Parker was listed as 6-foot-2; Wallace is listed as 5-foot-11.

After starting six of Virginia's first seven games in 2010, Wallace started once -- in a 55-48 loss Nov. 6 at Duke -- in five games after Oct. 25.

Wallace was one of three Virginia football players suspended Tuesday for their involvement Jan. 30 in a fight at an off-campus apartment complex near James Madison University. That incident marked the second time in five months Wallace had found trouble at JMU.

Linebacker Ausar Walcott, center Mike Price and Wallace each face three misdemeanor counts of assault and battery by mob and one felony count of burglary-entering a dwelling with the intent to commit an assault. The charges stem from an incident that occured Jan. 30. The three players were arrested Tuesday, and hearings for each of them are set for Feb. 28.

By Steve Yanda  | February 9, 2011; 7:38 PM ET
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Comments

This sounds more like a violation of UVA's Judiciary System, not the Honor Code (unless he lied to the cops). Nevertheless, Wallace is probably done at UVA.

Posted by: frenchyb | February 9, 2011 10:52 PM | Report abuse

Agreed. The Judiciary Committee likely will come down very hard on him.

I had to go before the committee once for something so ticky-tack that I was dumbfounded to learn it was an offense. But the students on the committee sat there stonefaced, and I was put on probation for the rest of the year (which basically meant, don't get in trouble again).

Posted by: freakzilla | February 10, 2011 12:21 PM | Report abuse

I couldn't figure out how it became an honor offense either, but apparently in the wake of the Hugeley events, UVA now requires each student to make a statement regarding recent arrests (or charges, or something like that) at the time of registration. Failure to disclose is made a lie there, throwing it into the realm of an Honor offense. I think that's kind of a cheat by the administration.

Posted by: notreal | February 10, 2011 1:25 PM | Report abuse

I thought UVA cleaned up the problem of the athletic department overlooking out of town arrests after the Lacrosse murder last year.

It appears their policy isn't working yet.

Posted by: Benson | February 10, 2011 3:23 PM | Report abuse

I also think it should be dealt with as a judiciary and not an honor issue. For the University to try to gain information, even information it legitimately should have, by forcing a student either to incriminate him or herself or to lie trivializes the Honor Code and insures that many students will take it less seriously. Failure to report such information deserves punishment but not automatic expulsion from the University.

Posted by: aceltman | February 10, 2011 3:41 PM | Report abuse

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