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Posted at 1:56 PM ET, 02/25/2011

Virginia Tech LB Lyndell Gibson charged with DWI

By Mark Giannotto

Virginia Tech linebacker Lyndell Gibson is facing a misdemeanor DWI charge stemming from a Feb. 5 incident, according to Montgomery County (Va.) General District court records. The redshirt sophomore is due to appear in court on April 27.

"We are handling this matter internally," Athletic Director Jim Weaver said in a statement. "As mandated through University Policy 1035, I am currently conducting a review process."

University Policy 1035 states that any Virginia Tech student-athlete who is charged with a misdemeanor is subject to a review of the charges and surrounding circumstances by the athletic department. If Gibson is found guilty of DWI, "sanctions for misdemeanors may be delegated as the Director of Athletics sees fit."

This, though, isn't the Virginia Beach native's first brush with the law since arriving on campus. In 2008, as a true freshman, Gibson received a misdemeanor charge of unlawful purchase or possession of alcohol. He was given 12 months of unsupervised probation as a result.

Then, in March 2009, Gibson and three other teammates -- wide receivers Marcus Davis and Xavier Boyce and defensive tackle Joe Jones -- were charged with felony grand larceny, misdemeanor petit larceny and two counts of misdemeanor intentional property damage stemming from a December 2008 incident in which they allegedly stole two bicycles from two female Virginia Tech students.

A Montgomery County General District Court prosecutor decided not to pursue the felony charge, and instead all four were convicted of interfering with property rights, a misdemeanor. Gibson had to pay a $500 fine and complete some community service. He was also forced to sit out for most of spring practice that year.

Gibson, 20, started every game this season except the Orange Bowl, finishing with 66 tackles and two sacks. He broke his shoulder blade during the ACC championship game, and underwent offseason surgery on the injury. It was unlikely he would have been healthy enough to participate when spring practice begins next month.

By Mark Giannotto  | February 25, 2011; 1:56 PM ET
 
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Good bye Mr. Gibson.

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | February 25, 2011 7:18 PM | Report abuse


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Posted by: fayejones26 | February 26, 2011 12:16 AM | Report abuse

Why is this surprising?

Beamer, the Teflon Coach, has built an entire program on thugs and will continue to do so.

VT = Virginia Thugs

Posted by: MerlinTerps | February 26, 2011 9:06 AM | Report abuse

He's a redshirt sophomore. If he isn't any good they will get rid of him. If he is good they will suspend him for one or two games next year. Gee, it's great if you're good!

Posted by: Jimof1913 | February 26, 2011 12:44 PM | Report abuse

@MerlinTerps

It wasn't too long ago that I remember seeing something about 3 or 4 Maryland players beating down a bouncer at Cornerstone Grill. Does that make Maryland a program of thugs too?

Posted by: axisdboy | February 26, 2011 5:00 PM | Report abuse

If VT (Virginia Thugs) is truly deserving of DC metropolitan area coverage, the Post would be wise to assign two up-and-coming sports reporters to investigate Beamer's involvement over the years in helping several highly suspect characters matriculate into that fine institution.

Also, with the Vick Bros. Crime Syndicate's background throughly documented, I'd tread very carefully if I were you, Axis.

Posted by: MerlinTerps | February 26, 2011 5:09 PM | Report abuse

As a Carolina grad, I have no dog in this fight (too soon?), but my point was that very few programs are squeaky clean. People's perceptions of a program have mostly to do with who gets caught and what they're caught doing. Labeling an entire program as thugs because of the actions of the Vick bros. is no more accurate than saying that the entire Clemson team are thugs because of DeAndre McDaniel or the Maryland basketball team are all gun crazy because of Lonny Baxter.

Posted by: axisdboy | February 26, 2011 8:18 PM | Report abuse

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Posted by: teresatrent27 | February 26, 2011 11:51 PM | Report abuse

seems like MerlinTwerp is upset that we SWEPT them in basketball this year and that we seemingly spank them every year in football. Like Axis said, pretty much all schools have some "thugs" on their team.

How many ACC Championships has Maryland won in football since we joined the ACC? NONE

VT-4

suck it twerp

Posted by: Neverender84 | March 3, 2011 1:39 PM | Report abuse

seems like MerlinTwerp is upset that we SWEPT them in basketball this year and that we seemingly spank them every year in football. Like Axis said, pretty much all schools have some "thugs" on their team.

How many ACC Championships has Maryland won in football since we joined the ACC? NONE

VT-4

suck it twerp

Posted by: Neverender84 | March 3, 2011 1:40 PM | Report abuse

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