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Posted at 9:20 AM ET, 01/ 2/2011

Six Hokies players sent home from Orange Bowl for violating team rules

By Mark Giannotto

A day after Virginia Tech Coach Frank Beamer announced running back David Wilson and safety Antone Exum would miss the first quarter of Monday's Orange Bowl after breaking curfew on New Year's Eve, the coach revealed six other Hokies players were sent home from South Florida on a bus Saturday for violating team rules.

Beamer said none of the six players were on the two-deep chart or expected to play a major role against No. 5 Stanford. He declined to name the players sent home and would not discuss what their infractions were, but emphasized that none of the violations were "real serious."

“It was different circumstances in each one of them, but we told them when they came down here, ‘We’ll fly you down, but if you mess up, you’re gonna take a bus back to Blacksburg,’" Beamer said. "I’m not gonna get into each and every one of them, but that’s the way it is.”

Beamer said the team ran into a similar situation during Virginia Tech's trip to New Orleans for the national championship game in 2000, when "a couple" players also were sent home on a bus. It should be noted that according to google maps, it takes around 15 hours to drive from the team's hotel outside Fort Lauderdale, Fla., back to Virginia Tech's campus.

On New Year's Eve, Wilson and Exum weren't in their rooms for a 1 a.m. bed check and on top of missing the first quarter of Monday's game, also had to give up a portion of their bowl travel stipend and miss Saturday night's Miami Heat-Golden State Warriors game that the rest of their teammates attended.

"None of these guys was just a total out there thing, but we got the ground rules when we got down here," Beamer said of these latest violations. "Let’s do what we should be doing each and every time and if it’s not, you’re gonna take a bus home."

By Mark Giannotto  | January 2, 2011; 9:20 AM ET
 
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Comments

So , if you are on the "two deep" roster, and you have a "small infraction", you miss the 1st quarter, if you are not on the two deep roster, you are on the long bus ride home? Hmmmmm ?

Posted by: craigvance | January 2, 2011 9:32 AM | Report abuse

So , if you are on the "two deep" roster, and you have a "small infraction", you miss the 1st quarter, if you are not on the two deep roster, you are on the long bus ride home? Hmmmmm ?

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I don't have a problem with that.

If you play for Auburn, your dad can negotiate a $180,000 recruiting payment and you don't even miss one play.

If you play for Ohio State, you can trade autographs for tattoos and don't even miss one play of your bowl game -- the coach has decided that the players can miss time more conveniently at the start of next season.

In the big scheme of things, Beamer handled this very well.

Posted by: postfan1 | January 2, 2011 11:29 AM | Report abuse

Beamer will do whatever he needs to do to save his program. Let's face it, if he were at any other school in the NCAA for this long without a championship; he would be selling dog biscuits somewhere. This discipline measure is a joke just like his program.

Posted by: bobthebuilder1 | January 2, 2011 3:14 PM | Report abuse

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