Hokies defensive end Dadi Nicolas, who was arrested this summer in connection with a stolen bike on campus, was reinstated to the football team Thursday after having his felony grand larceny charge reduced to misdemeanor petty larceny in court.
Nicolas plead not guilty and received a deferred disposition and will be required to do 125 hours of community service, his lawyer Jimmy Turk said.
“It’s the intent at the end of the 12 months if he has completed his community service and gotten into no other trouble, that the petty larceny charge would then be dismissed,” Turk said.
Hours later, Virginia Tech announced that Nicolas had been reinstated to the team.
“I have reviewed the matter and reinstated Dadi Nicolas as an active member of the Virginia Tech football team,” athletic director Jim Weaver said in a statement.
Nicolas, a 19-year-old redshirt freshman, was arrested in late June, charged with grand larceny for his alleged involvement in the theft of another student’s bicycle on campus. Because the bike was valued at more than $200, the charge was a felony.
In accordance with University Policy 1035, Nicolas was suspended from the team indefinitely until the felony charge was dropped or otherwise resolved. Turk said Nicolas, who is still a student, will begin his community service as soon as he can.
A rangy, athletic end from Delray Beach, Fla., Nicolas redshirted his first year on campus in 2011 but was expected to compete for playing time this season.
Nicolas isn’t the only player who has had recent legal troubles to get back on the team. Place-kicker Cody Journell, who had a breaking and entering charge from an incident in December reduced to trespassing this spring, was allowed back in July once he completed a court-mandated 100 hours of community service.