Virginia dismisses QB Lalich from team
The decision on the fate of the Cavaliers' opening-day starter was made by athletic director Craig Littlepage.
By Doug Doughty | The Roanoke Times
Peter Lalich, the highest-rated quarterback prospect ever to sign with Virginia, was dismissed from the Cavaliersí football team less than one month into his second season.
Lalich was given the news by athletic director Craig Littlepage in a meeting that took place within hours of Lalichís appearance in Charlottesville General District Court.
"Peter Lalich is no longer a member of the University of Virginia football team," Littlepage said in a statement released through Virginiaís sports information office. "We have supported Peter, but believe today a point has been reached where itís best for all concerned that he no longer participate on the team.
"This is my decision and it has the support of head football coach Al Groh. We wish Peter the best in the future. We will have no further comment."
Lalich originally was scheduled for a Sept. 26 court appearance after he was charged with a probation violation, but the court date was rescheduled at the request of Lalichís attorneys at McGuireWoods.
Lalich told the court that he had violated his probation, at which point judge Robert H. Downer Jr., continued the case until July 21, 2009, the one-year anniversary of the original charge.
Lalich, who was UVaís starting quarterback in Virginiaís first two games, did not travel with the team to its game this past Saturday at Connecticut but returned to practice Sunday.
"Any time a situation doesnít work out in the most positive way for any player itís regrettable," UVa coach Al Groh said through the SID office. "But we stand united with this decision."