Virginia Tech coach Frank Beamer offered his first thoughts on running back Michael Holmes‘ recent arrest for malicious wounding and simple assault during a Thursday teleconference to wrap up the ACC’s spring season.
“There’s definitely two sides to the story on this one,” said Beamer, who said the legal process has to play out.
Holmes is currently on an indefinite suspension from the team, per university policy, meaning he can’t use Virginia Tech’s facilities or participate in player-organized events if they take place on the Hokies’ practice fields.
How Holmes’ absence affects Virginia Tech’s running back situation come fall remains to be seen. Beamer said the top three, if Holmes is allowed to return to the team, are (in no particular order) Trey Edmunds, Holmes and J.C. Coleman.
Beamer said Edmunds will be “right in the mix.” He said Coleman, Chris Mangus and Tony Gregory, three players not known for their size, can be used in certain packages. The Hokies had a number of formations where running backs lined up outside as receivers this spring.
Beamer and his staff has meetings with players Tuesday about spring performances and what they expect this summer. He said he hasn’t discussed the Holmes situation in a team setting because the Hokies have not met as a team since the spring game.
“You certainly don’t have yourself put in those situations,” Beamer said. “But I think we have to let it play out.”