My Reaction to Cody Jounrell's Dismissal

I was just about to head to the gym when...

Really? Before senior night, after all the second chances, and Frank Beamer having Cody's back during his slump. All of those golf analogies was Frank's coach speak at its best.

Welp.

Oh what the f———.

Can spirits kick field extra points? Wait, why kick extra points when Loeffler can hand the ball off to Skip Hopkins and go for two.

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Fat fingered, sorry.

Danny caught that ball.

Friends don't let 5 star friends commit to UVA.

I have inside info. - Whit

I'll never understand why certain scholarship athletes push their luck with the rules.

The U invented Swag, but UVA invented Smug.

VT '10, Born & Raised in the 804. Hokies, Keydets, Army Black Knights, NY Giants, NY Rangers, and ATL Braves.

This particular scholarship athlete has been a pain in the ass from the day he first set foot on campus. Count me as one who is glad that his VT career is now over.

Yep....He has screwed the team one too many times!!!!

TN_Hokie

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I would like to replace so many comments with this!

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

+1 for 2pt conversions! Would remind me of Strasburg H.S. in the '90s... "Wait...that looks like a place kicking formation. Is something wrong with the RB? Why aren't we going for two?" [looks to see if something happened to Coach Proctor] "Do we even have uprights?"


-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do?
-Put it up to fully dipped.
-Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

Oh boy. Best of luck, #89. Also, now that you're officially gonzo, I fucking hated your "CJ" tattoo.
And that's all I've got to say about that.

#beatMD #didntneeduanyway

Bigger, Faster, STRONGER...BUILT TO HIT

At least he had a big day at BC...


-What we do is, if we need that extra push, you know what we do?
-Put it up to fully dipped.
-Fully dipped. Exactly. It's dork magic.

Can Dozer please make a Cody Journell "highlight" video using Adam Sandler's "The Lonesome Kicker" as a soundtrack?

I'm here for the memes, I just stay for the football.

Hm. Well. That happened.

21st century QBs Undefeated vs UVA:
MV7, MV5, LT3, Tyrod Taylor, Sean Glennon, and Grant Noel. That's right, UVA. You couldn't beat Grant Noel.

As long as we go for 2 every time we score, we'll be ok, as long as we have a 50%+ conversion rate. (Oh yeah . . . and . . . does sam rogers kick field goals?)

99Hokies03

every time he kicks a field goal the ball pops and he would rip a whole in the net and could potentially injure spectators. VT has determined it's in the best interest of everybody to keep SR from kicking field goals, unfortunately. He's reportedly 100% in practice. No one has ever seen him miss a FG.

"I like to hit a home run early" ~ Whit "knows how to create a Buzz" Babcock

what happens when the ball pops and only half of it goes through the uprights? I guess your right.

99Hokies03

That's mostly because the goalposts do whatever it takes to get a Sam Rogers football between them.

And also because theoretically there is nothing out of range, as there is no length a dead pigskin won't go to get away from Sam Roger's angry foot.

Which also explains why you never see live pigs around Sam Rogers. They've seen the future: It isn't pretty.

Here, a young Sam Rogers cavorts with friends while continuing his preparation for the possibility he may, one day, need to play every spot on the field.

kick the pig

He could theoretically scare the whole ball into the uprights on command by just staring at it. We def need to use him for 2 pt conversions too.

DFWTF...DON'T FUCK WITH THE FULLERS

Allstate has banned Sam Rogers from kicking field goals as they cannot afford new nets every kick. Although, the "good hands" motto fits very well with SR.

Rodgers doesn't need to kick field goals, he just will stare at the uprights til they bend to his will and surround the ball on the ground

Which wallet is yours?

The one that says "Bad Motherfucker"

Obligatory "there's no 'D' in Rogers because all D's are terrified of Sam Rogers" post.

Let me guess..."Violation of team rules. That's all we'll have to say about it"?

I've not been a fan of his off-the-field issues in the past, but honestly I think he's had enough chances. On the field, most of the time, he's done well for us. Let's hope that whatever troubles he's having, he can get past them.

Best of luck, Cody.

I hear that no matter how much he studied, Cody just couldn't pass a drug test.

Considering that there are now multiple college football programs where the players can legally smoke weed, this is getting to be more difficult than ever. Tyrone Mathieu said he failed "too many drug tests to count" at LSU.

If it's weed, how can you justify testing for it anymore? (not to condone drug use and certainly not to defend the useless Cody Journell, just asking the question)

If it's against the team policy, you can certainly justify testing for it.

Pretty sure Cody wasn't just smoking weed. My guys say that he's passed through that gate.

The answer is: Possession, use or distribution of marijuana is illegal in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Until the law changes, a state-sponsored university is going to have to have a policy against marijuana in place for all students that conforms with the Virginia statute. I don't see it as too big a sacrifice to ask full scholarship athletes to obey the laws of the state that subsidizes their education, and then represent their university/state in a way that demonstrates a moderate level of maturity. Maybe I'm just old-fashioned...

VTCC '86 Delta Derelicts, Hokie in Peru

One correction: In Virginia, there is no law against using marijuana. As with most states, the possession, cultivation, or distribution is illegal, but not the use thereof, which is why players that fail drug tests don't typically go to jail.

There is, however, a "Constructive possession of marijuana", meaning that you were using but not possessing

Don't know if it's old fashioned or not, but it shouldn't be too much of a sacrifice for all citizens to obey all the laws of the state. I totally believe in 2nd chances per se but one is all you get. Youthful indiscretions will happen as they have to learn how to act in society but once you're caught, that's it. A repeat is then on the coach in this scenario. The rules are laid out - don't accept a position unless you're ready to toe the line. The thing that is hardest to remember for me is that these are kids. What was I acting like when I was their age? Well, I was a military member and under the tutelage of my "coaches" (drill Sgts) and they gave me the rules and I obeyed them. Did I still do things I wasn't supposed to? Hell, yes but the fear of getting caught made me extra special cautious. If there were going to be drug tests, then I abstained and drank beer all over Europe. I weighed the potentials and made choices thereof.

BroncsZoo

Mixed bag of feelings...

-How does the backup look, and what will this do to our game plan?
-I personally did not like the kid at all. Can't say I will miss him or his tats.
-But Horse is right, I wish the kid well and hope he can get his shit together.

new game plan:

Outside opponents 40?
-----yes - punt
-----no - are we winning?
----------yes - defense playing lights out?
---------------yes - less than 7 yards?
-------------------yes - go for it
-------------------no - punt
---------------no - punt
----------no - lots of time left?
---------------yes - punt
---------------no - less than 7 yards?
--------------------yes - go for it
--------------------no - punt

"I like to hit a home run early" ~ Whit "knows how to create a Buzz" Babcock

I was working on a 'punt on 1st down' strategy before the offense came out of its 2 year coma.

Commonwealth Cup Champions since Sat, Nov 27, 2004 at 4:05:00 PM EST

it was a violation of team rules, and word around the street is he failed another drug test. Of course this is just word around the street

Taylor, looking desperately throws it deep..HAS A MAN OPEN DANNY COALE WITH A CATCH ALL THE WAY DOWN TO THE FIVE!!!!....hes still open

Can AJ Hughes kick drop goals? Are drop goals legal in college?

In all seriousness, this isn't the end of the world. Our backup kickers may not have experience, but they surely at least have the skill to kick PATs and the easier FGs. If we need to make any 45 yard high pressure game winners against the Terps, we have more serious problems than our kicker.

"The last successful drop kick extra point in the NCAA was by Jason Millgan of Hartwick College on December 11, 1998, St. Lawrence University."
Yes, legal, but really hard since they made the ends of the football pointed lol.

Very true. As a rugby player, I'm pretty surprised at how much more difficult footballs are to dropkick.

Yeah. It really surprised me too. After doing them all the time as a flanker.

Danny caught that ball.

Friends don't let 5 star friends commit to UVA.

I have inside info. - Whit

Myself and the rest of the pack are under strict "no fucking kicking, this isn't soccer" orders from our coach. Honestly though, in D3 men's rugby, the only drop kicks I ever see are kickoffs.

Sidenote: YAY RUGBY

Kicking to a space is just like a forward pass.
If you can isolate one defender and he happens to get it while you and some friends are coming at him full speed....

That's an effective attack.

Danny caught that ball.

Friends don't let 5 star friends commit to UVA.

I have inside info. - Whit

An effective grubber kick along the ground from a wing position can result in a big score and break open a tight game.

Fortune Favors the Bold

Ehhh... more often you'll see a grubber TO the wing from a fullback or fly-half. But yeah, if your wing is enough of a boss to give a little kick and chase it down himself, it works out pretty nicely.

Interestingly, a picture of J.R. Collins was on the ticket for the last game, and he was suspended for it. 1/3 of our ticket picture guys are going to miss their game. Weird stuff.

Maybe that's why they didn't put Logan Thomas on the ticket.

"Violation of team rules" last time meant that he failed a drug test. I was told by the grandparent of a player on the team, so that's probably what happened this time as well. I live about an hour away from Giles County, and judging by their tweets none of them seem too upset to see this happen. I was told by many of them after he broke into Dorenzo's Hudson to steal marijuana that he had always been no good, and they were right.

I love Virginia Tech, regardless of the outcome of every game.

That's what you get for pepper spraying me in the bdubs, Cody.

I've wanted you gone since then.

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

AJ for FG kicker?

remember that time we set off the richter scale jumping to "enter, sandman"?

#ALLTHEKICKS

No, I *don't* want to go to the SEC. Why do you ask?

Pike should be very embarrassed. Their most well known member at Virginia Tech...

So soccer season just ended. Certainly someone can kick 40 yarders on the team.

Anyone who is shrugging this off must be punch drunk. This is horrible and disappointing news. It may have significant implications on the remainder of the season - for me, that means if we lose ANY game due to a missed field goal of anything 45 yards or in, I will blame this as the reason. Remember who wasn't playing in the Sugar Bowl in 2011? Remember that game tying (or game winning, cant remember and I WAS THERE) field goal that we missed? Yeah. Thanks for that too, Cody.

Somebody who is way too nice wished him well.......

Well I say FUCK CODY JOURNELL and I hope the door hits his punk ass on the way out. Clearly he cares about no one but himself and has done more to damage the reputation of VT and its players than anyone I can remember. The only thing we can ever take away from having a shit-head like that on the team is to be wary of types like him and kick their asses off the team before they become an integral part of our success, which whether we admit it or not, he was.

GOOD RIDDANCE, YOU FUCK

"These people are LOSING their minds......."

I don't think we need to tear him down. I think we just need to shun him. Don't need to curse him out, just need to go on with our lives as Hokies. There's still games to play, and still football to watch. Life goes on, even without Cody Journell. We don't need him, and we don't need to be mad either. Getting mad just sends the message that we care and that he is still the focus of our energy. That kind of thing would only serve to inflate his ego. It also sends the other players the message that we aren't focusing our energy on them.

So here's what I have to say about VT football:

AJ27 is the man.
Ke. Fuller is the man.
Sam Rodgers is the man.
Joshua Stanford is the truth.
Trey Edmunds is a giant pair of nuts masquerading as a football player.
Skip Hopkins is half man, half bear, half pig. It is science. You should be scared.
Dadi is energy incarnate. He's like one of those glowing energy beings from sci-fi movies.
Kalvin Cline is in many ways a beast. He deserves more discussion than he gets.
Brandon Facyson is an interception machine, and I'm excited for him.
Willie Byrn ain't afraid to hit a man.
LT3 is a guy. He's a great team player, and when he plays the part of team player, good things happen.

Let this be the positive energy that you send into Lane stadium. Let this be what the players think we think about the team. Don't let them think that we think that they are nothing without CJ. They can be everything that they need to be if they choose to rise above the decisions that former team mates have made. I believe in this team. I never stopped believing, even when things looked grim. Just take it one game at a time and root for our players on the field to do the best that they can.

I appreciate your sentiments sir but I view this a little differently. Cody Journell wasn't the bully who finally got kicked out of gym class for stuff he was always getting away with. He wasn't the little heartbreaker in high school who eventually got her own heart broken. He's the guy who ditched you at the most important moments in your life. The guy you finally realized doesn't care at all about you or the friendship you've made - he's a selfish fucking asshole and to him, you're just another person. And that's what VT was to Cody....just another thing that didn't matter.

As we close in on the end of what could still be one of the most memorable seasons in Hokie history, I hope that we never have to look back at these last 4 games (hopefully) and say "Cody Journell cost us this one."

I will be in Lane Stadium this Saturday and if needed, I'll scream until the clock hits zero in the fourth. I believe that the boys will work hard and we have plenty of great character on this team. My focus on him is not what I'll be bringing to the game. But until I crack that first of many many beers in the parking lot on saturday......

SCREW CODY JOURNELL.

"These people are LOSING their minds......."

Marcus Vick was worse

calm down. It's unfortunate and yes I agree that Cody SEEMS to be a pretty self centered individual who has caused us some heartache. but he's just a kid and obviously he needs some help. I don't think there is a problem with wishing for the kid to find his head somewhere along the way.

I won't say that I'm glad he's gone, but I'm certainly not surprised things ended this way

"I like to hit a home run early" ~ Whit "knows how to create a Buzz" Babcock

Marcus Vick WAS worse. How in the world could I forget that....

"Seems" to be self centered? we have the facts to support that, no more seeming. Seeming is believing? As far as CJ being a guy that needs help, I've argued that point in another post below.

If it came across that I think no one should wish well for Cody, then I wrote that incorrectly. I was trying to imply that this person is way more forgiving of him than I am.

"These people are LOSING their minds......."

I think Vick was the bigger let down because of talent, CJ had some serious up and downs. Wish we could have moved on a lot sooner.

I'm not sorry to see him go, but this is a little harsh. As far as I'm concerned, if we need a field goal to win these last two, we probably shouldn't be in Charlotte anyway.

Maybe a little harsh. But I'm still pissed and I don't care if he does well or 'figures it out'. CJ has offically lost any sympathy from this guy. Just stay off the radar so I never have to hear him in our 'news' again.

It's not our next two games I'm worried about by the way....

"These people are LOSING their minds......."

Not worrying about our next two games is what I'm worried about...

thats a good one.

"These people are LOSING their minds......."

Yeah, these comments are not needed or even called for..

Touchdown Tech - Bill Roth

This is a board where people express their opinions. That's mine. Some people liked it. I'm sorry you didn't.

"These people are LOSING their minds......."

All of your posts on this thread get an upvote from me because I feel the same way!

"Sure, I've been called a xenophobe, but the truth is, I'm not. I honestly just feel that America is the best country and the other countries aren't as good. That used to be called patriotism." Kenny Powers

well, thanks for the legs! I am trying to remain a TKP member while expressing opinions that aren't always rainbows and gumdrops.

"These people are LOSING their minds......."

We don't have to always be "rainbows and gumdrops," and you're entitled to your opinion, as is everyone. The whole "fuck Cody Journell" is pretty nasty though, especially since just a couple weeks ago the kid was literally getting death threats after he missed a kick. I am not particularly sad to see him go, but clearly this is a troubled kid. Your point below about needing a swift kick is probably a good one, but honestly he's already getting it. I doubt he will ever get hired for a decent job, even with a degree from VT (and whether or not he's allowed to finish school is also a good question, depending on the severity of what he's done), because no employer is going to accept "violation of team policy" as an excuse. He's screwing up not only his football career, but his life. His price is being paid and he doesn't need more cheap shots from the fans.

Goodbye to him, goodbye to the distraction he presents, but he really does need help and if all the rumors are true (where there's smoke, there's fire) he needs rehab.

could not have said it better myself, sir. have a turkey leg.

remember that time we set off the richter scale jumping to "enter, sandman"?

+1 For speaking the truth.

What all these well-wishers are missing is that he's let down the team we all love and embarrassed OUR school.
Personally, I'm glad he's gone, because he wasted his talent AND the chances he's been given.

Next man up.

"When you're green, you're growing. When you're ripe, you rot." -Ray Kroc

Yes, he let the team down and is embarrasing the school and he threw away the trust and chances Beamer gave him. On the other hand though, the next man up is what concerns me. Insulting Cody isn't going to get anywhere. We are now without a kicker which should concern some people. So you can be glad that he's no longer associated with the program, but to lose his talent and now be without a proven kicker is a blow and you should be concerned. Beamer made the right decision, but we are in some trouble now.

I don't fear for the unproven. I fear for the proven to be bad. In other words, he could come out and kick up a fucking storm, but could come out and be bad, why should I be afraid when we don't know what it's going to be?

I would say even MORE this year. It's not like CJ was 100% this year. Every time he kicked the ball this year, you didn't know whether he would wiff a 22yd field goal or make a 56 yd field goal. How can an "unproven" kicker be any worse than that? I don't know about you, but I was holding my breath every field goal this year BECAUSE Cody wasn't doing particularly well, so there won't be much difference in how I handle that part of watching the game.

That "unproven" that you speak of came out and went 0-fer against Marshall. Not saying that he's awful and can't succeed, but in his chance this year, he fell on his face...hard.

If the good guy unproven who doesn't break rules goes 0-fer life, I'd still prefer him to a CJ no matter how accurate he is.

My pride & love of VT runs far deeper than anything that happens in the game of football. I expect that pride to be reinforced by all VT's representatives. Obviously football is a passion of mine, but I prefer to root for the good guys.

I hope Cody takes this lesson to heart and turns his life around. But I haven't wanted him on the field for a long time.

Ut Prosim.

Has Beamer stated WHO was making kicks? Because if he hasn't yet, you're making an assumption. There could be some other better option that Beamer decides to go with that hasn't kicked in game time.

Insulting Journell certainly isn't going to hurt anyone either...I say have at it if it makes you feel better.

VHokie

Yeah, insulting him makes you look really big and bad and gives a GREAT image of our fanbase as well, regardless of whether he deserved it. Personal attacks just aren't justifiable.

Its easy to make excuses on why to keep Cody in the program; he's our best/only kicker, our offence isn't strong enough to win games without a consistent kicker, points are hard to come by this season, etc.

Beamer has done a lot to clean up Tech football. I was a student when we played Nebraska in the "Felon Bowl" because about 30 players from both squads had been in trouble with the law that year. I think one of those players is currently on the coaching staff.

If Frank had turned a blind eye by not getting rid of Cody, he loses credibility with the team. While winning games is his job, I'm glad to see him do the right thing and enforce his own rules. Winning football games is secondary to running a clean program, and Cody should have been gone two years ago, IMO.

As for the image of our "fanbase", I'm not sure anyone pays attention to that. What they do pay attention to is how many run-ins with the law and drug violations players have, and if they are still playing. Example, Jameis Winston.

"When you're green, you're growing. When you're ripe, you rot." -Ray Kroc

I don't believe that we should have kept Cody by any means, don't get me wrong about that. I'm just saying that while everybody is cheering his dismissal and bad-mouthing him personally, most seem to look past the fact that his departure creates a gaping hole that has shown in the past to have the ability to cost us games. He wasn't as reliable this year, but the point is that it's a hole that is there and we should be concerned about that. Good for Beamer for sticking to his morals and not putting winning above them though.

This seems really judgmental and uncalled for. Am I surprised his career ended like this? No. But I trust that Beamer didn't give him so many chances purely on his kicking skills. Beamer always stood by him saying he was a good kid (although a clearly troubled one) and the guy had plenty of close friends on the team. Not saying we should all be supporting the guy but I do believe you want to see a troubled person get help for himself. Just some common decency.

"You was in the library" -Antone Exum

Common decency? Well thanks for coming down from the pulpit, Pastor CY!!

I am not basing my opinion of Cody Journell on what Frank Beamer says to the M.E.D.I.A. about him. I am looking at facts. Besides, what do you think he'd say? "Im not sure if drugs are more important to him than this team is." He just got kicked off the team so you can bet your bottom dollar that's what he was thinking at some point. and...Because he had friends on the team it means he cared or that he's a quality guy? Hell man, there are 100 guys on that field with him almost daily...surely he made friends...wonder what those friends of his are thinking right now!

lastly, in my mind cody journell is NOT a kid who needs 'help'. Until proven otherwise (BWW mace, breakins, team violations). He's a chump who needs a swift kick in the pants to realize that in life, people count on you. If you want to be part of something bigger than yourself then you have to sacrifice some of the things that are only beneficial to you - and harmful to the people around you. He didn't do that. He hurt the team and this program on more than one occasion. He let people around the team and the people that support the team down. I don't wish him harm. I don't wish bad luck on him. I just want him to go away forever and know that he's never welcome back. Screw Cody Journell.

"These people are LOSING their minds......."

Your terminology is stronger than mine, but the underlying sentiment that Cody has proven again and again that he is self-serving, undependable, and uncaring about the community of which he is a part is shared. I grew up in Ripplemead myself, so I've known Cody for a long time, and I can attest that what most of you know him for is nothing but more recent manifestations of the same attitudes he has had for a very long time. I wish Cody well in the same way that I wish everyone who has a disordered life (and I certainly include myself in this category) well: I hope that he is able recognize what is right, take control of himself, and begin pursuing it. There shouldn't be any equivocation about the fact that he has let all of us down; he should feel the full weight of disappointing the student body, the alumni, the fans, his hometown community (there isn't much that can gain a person more acclaim in Giles County than winning a scholarship to play for Tech), his friends, the football team, and his family. But all of us should also wish him the best because, if you're included in any of those categories, he's been a part of your identity.

Very well said, there's no need for hostility. This, sir, is a classy and mature assessment.

Alright fair point. I guess I agree with you on a lot of things when you put it like that.

"You was in the library" -Antone Exum

17 downvotes for this? Alot of Journell fans on this board I guess?
You downvoters are crazy...he is a cancer and we are better off without this loser.

VHokie

Probably a downvote for personal insults for a person I don't think any one of us actually knows. If you don't like him as a football player, than criticize him as such. When things get personal on an anonymous board where people trash someone they don't know, I think others see that as inappropriate.

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

Actually he sucked as a football player this year also...
I have to point out, the decisions and actions he made were in the public eye. It is only because of his selfish actions that we are even talking about him.

I don't really see anything innapropriate going on here...he is an adult and he did what he did....and let down his team.

I am going to have to disagree with you on this RocketHokie13.
But I thought that was what this board was here for...discussion, argument, debate...not censorship.

VHokie

Who's censoring you? Your remarks remain completely intact.

The community is free to up- or downvote whatever they like. Nasty attitudes and vitriol towards a troubled young man are sure to get you downvoted, because we like to think we're a classier fan base than that, and we generally are. Criticize and analyze his actions all you like, and contribute to meaningful debate, please. Calling him a "cancer" is unproductive, unwarranted, and just plain classless.

how are you being censored exactly?

"I'm just rocking the Fuller"-Kendall Fuller
"That kid you're talking to right there, I think he played his nuts off! And you can quote me on that shit!" -Bud Foster

I have nothing nice left to say in response to your remarks. Just think about the difference between criticism and insults.

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

You have double-digit turkey legs and downvotes. You now know what it feels like to be Logan Thomas: a mixture of feeling valiantly supported and ruthlessly attacked, if you remotely gave a crap about what people on the internet think.

Down votes aren't attacks, nor are they people not agreeing with your opinion. In my experience, the way to get downvotes on this site is to be rude, inappropriate, or uncivil towards other people.

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

Turkey leg. Not because I'm not attacking you, nor because I'm agreeing with your opinion, but because you are not rude, are appropriate, and are civil.

I think I remember reading somewhere that Branthover had started working exclusively on Kickoffs and Fieldgoals after AJ won the punting job with Windmuller backing him up, so I'm guessing that he might have a shot at. Keyserling got the nod when CJ was suspended earlier, but that might have been because they were trying to Redshirt Branthover until a few weeks ago.

Yep, Ludwigs injury brought Branthover back into this. Also of note, Keyersling was trying to kick in very poor conditions.

It seems Cody has a bit of an ecstasy problem, which is why he was suspended earlier in the year. J.R. Collins and Deon Clark were suspended for the Duke game for helping Journell cover it up. His off the field shenanigans were a major distraction and I can't say I'm not happy to see him go. It's just a bit sad that kids will waste their potential. Just like MV5

Were they really suspended for taking ecstasy?

Touchdown Tech - Bill Roth

Only Journell was. The other two just helped cover for Cody.

Was he delivering pizza's to basketball players again?

Its time to start paying college players so they don't need to resort to part time jobs...

Which wallet is yours?

The one that says "Bad Motherfucker"

...that wont fix the problem, if a player is having personal issues with like, his own personal choices, then giving him money wont help. in fact in Cody's case it would be worse. he doesnt get drugs for free. giving players money gives troubled players like that more resources to get in trouble

They'll really get after ya

While I completely agree, I was joking. Wasn't part of the Zo Hudson break in involving an airsoft gun and a fake pizza delivery guy knocking on the door before they stormed in..

Which wallet is yours?

The one that says "Bad Motherfucker"

I don't normally do gifs, but if I did, I would do one here of something flying over a guy's head.

Better make sure AJ Hughes doesn't see this

#thingsiblamethemvsfor

Aside from piping in that 50+ yarder, did you now watch any of the kicks he was throwing up there this season?

I started calling him Shaky Leg because you never knew wtf was going to happen at any distance. Now granted, I've never kicked or played D1 sports in fromt of 60K people, but it seems like other players are able to hit better than 50% of their kicks.

Which wallet is yours?

The one that says "Bad Motherfucker"

My anger at this is offset by my joy at seeing Bass Pro Shops as the ad on TheKeyPlay!

Viva El Guapo

Shit, all I got was Lipton.

"You know when the Hokies say 'We are Virginia Tech' they're going to mean it."- Lee Corso

Neither of those beat my Ken Cuccineli smear ad a couple weeks ago claiming "Terry McAuliff is in bed with the homosexual lobby."

That was a real gem

Wish they'd do a public tryout. I've got all my eligibility, I can kick extra points, and I'm money from inside 29 yds...so long as the offense tees it up for me in the center. Also, I get really psyched up when I wear maroon pants and hear Metallica.

Well, ain't this a bummer....

Hopefully, this shakes the kid up enough to either get help for his problem(s) and figure out that he needs to change. Growing up can have difficult lessons. I hope he grows up before he lands in jail or worse.

Take the shortest route to the ball and arrive in bad humor.

I wish Cody the best of luck but he was giving far to many chances as it is already. I'm curious what he did this time...but Beamer did the right thing and I for one trust his judgement. Having said that, we don't need to kick any FG's!

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First, CJ ya let us down. Good luck in what ever you're gonna do but clearly it isn't gonna be football. Think about that he might have played his last football game ever. I assume most of us have played our last organized competitive at a relatively high level already and I bet most of us wish we could still play. I hope you turn your life around I really do.

Second why I am actually posting, this year and the more recent years we have seen transfers and now this all of this should mean that we have more scholarships opening up? Does this mean we can now recruit more or bring in more players to the program?

Kinda. Teams are limited to signing 25 players a year regardless.

Yeah but there are ways around it. That's why teams in the $EC routinely have 30+ signing classes. Something to do with deferred enrollment for the spring semester or something like that. I understand that there is an 85 schollie limit and I would assume teams before the start of a season make sure that they have 85 kids on scholarship otherwise they are just wasting space (at least how I think I understand it). So basically saying that there should be extra ones out there from the loss of players. So who gets those now abandoned scholarships?

You're right in some sense that enrollment time gives some flexibility on what year the player counts toward that 25, but unless my understanding is just off I believe a recruited scholarship player is going to count toward your 25 limit one year or the next. As for extra schollies, those can go to walk-ons and special teamers who have proven themselves (i.e. since Journell is gone, the PK who wins the job will probably earn a scholarship).

... and now we all wish Beamer really had let that girl onto the team a year or two back.

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She was not quite good enough. Distance was the problem IIRC. He told her to get some more practice and come back. I'm sure she's welcome to try again.

I get your point though.

Danny caught that ball.

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Kyle Fuller girlfriend potential? Think of it. They both play football. It could be great!

If they had a child, we would have a kicker with Fuller DNA. That kid would be able to make FGs the length of the field. Never another scoreless drive!

It'd be all great until the DNA started fighting itself, and resulted in Kicker Fuller sprinting down the field and goal-tending his own kicks.

With all the recent heated debate on here about Logan, why is it suddenly acceptable to make personal attacks against Cody? He screwed up and he's gone. If he does have a drug problem, I wish him the best and hope he gets the help he needs.

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im hoping some kicker on the roster can step up. im glad hes gone i just hate the timing.

the only thing to do is move on and cheer on the rest of the seniors who have worked their asses off for the school and all of us the last few years and give them a hell of a send off for their last game at lane

tyrod did it mikey! tyrod did it!

It's easy to be mad at the kid, espescially right now in the immediate aftermath of the announcement. The easy thing to say is "don't let the door hit you on the way out." But I am legitimately sad and worried for Cody.

First off, I whole-heartedly agree with the sentiment that Cody had more than enough chances and that the coaching staff is doing the right thing. You only get so many chances in life and Cody was lucky to get as many as he did here at VT. He blew them and he has nobody but himself to blame for that.

However, he's a 20-something year old kid. Think of all that he has been through this year: suspensions, death threats, and now this. That's a lot for anyone to take over the course of a few weeks.

Cody clearly has problems. We all have problems, Cody's are just more public than most. But what concerns me most is his apparent apathy for consequences. I mean if I was in his position and knew that I was on thin ice, I don't think I'd screw up again, much less the week of senior day. It worries me that this guy may be fighting some demon that has more power over him than the Virginia Tech football program does, and that is a scary thought.

Guys, think of what he is going through right now. How much time do you think he spends playing football? It had to be a large part of his life. Now that's seemingly over. He knows he's let his teammates, family, friends, and community down. He deleted his Twitter. He isn't in a good place right now and those demons might be on his shoulder stronger than ever at the moment.

I don't know if this is rock bottom for Cody or not, but I gotta believe it's down somehwere close to there. So if you're upset, I understand, so am I. But please try to keep Cody in your thoughts and hope for the best for him. Regardless of what he's done until now, he's still a Hokie and he has done some good things for us.

There are far more important things in life than football. I hope Cody gets his life figured out and moves on from this in a positive way. I'm disappointed in Cody but I haven't given up hope on him. I wish him nothing but the best in his future.

Very well said Skipper. I am very concerned as well. Just hope he can turn his life around.

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I challenge anyone in here to defend all the decisions that they made in their early 20's.

Which wallet is yours?

The one that says "Bad Motherfucker"

Why would I want to? Why should we have to?
Seriously, Journell made his own decisions, he let down the team....repeatedly. This has NOTHING to do with anything that any of us did in our twenties.
Lets stop making excuses for this dipshit.

VHokie

Wow..a bunch of downvotes because I don't have sympathy for Journell.
Thats pathetic...I guess you can't speak your mind on this board without being downvoted.

VHokie

I think the last line got you the down votes. Please speak your mind, but do it in a civilized manner, especially if you're talking in a negative light about someone.

I'm sure of it.

Danny caught that ball.

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I have inside info. - Whit

I did not downvote. But I do not agree with your stance. As a fan, his dismissal might make our team weaker, but honestly, looking at the his kicking numbers, I'm not so sure. He was erratic all year and if the "violations of team rules" were a distraction to any of the other team members, then this team will be stronger without him. And if a kicker can hit 75% of their kicks and close to 100% of the extra points, then that might be an upgrade.

It is suprising to me how often kids throw away a chance at a free quality education (free being financially free, not free of responsibilities and effort to play D1 sports). This guy blew it with bad decisions. I hope he figures it out and can reflect on his poor choices and learn from his mistakes. I am not going to wish him a horrible life because he left a football team I root for.

Which wallet is yours?

The one that says "Bad Motherfucker"

No problem. AJ Huges can play linebacker, kickoffs, punts, qb ... field goals are cake

LEAL FOR KICKER!

"And it is caught, it is caught for a touchdown"

Our ONLY OPTION at this point...
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"GO AWAY, I'M WALKING ON SUNSHINE."

I'm here for the memes, I just stay for the football.

I feel like CJ has been kicked off the team more in the past year than I have been kicked off of my internet connection in the same time frame.

Thanks Fios.

"And it is caught, it is caught for a touchdown"

Cheers to intentionally spelling his name wrong in the header, Joe.

I feel like a jerk for saying it but Good Riddance. As many chances as he was given, I'm not the least bit saddened by the news. This is just my two cents but for the contingent on here that believes that Jounrell "needs help", I think that's naive. He needs to stop being an egocentric jackwagon. Luckily for him, he has a degree from a great university.

You shouldn't feel like a jerk...I agree 100%.
Addition by subtraction...if we can lose with him, we can lose without him.

VHokie

A down vote for this one also?

Hahaha...whoever did that is way too soft.

VHokie

I was going to upvote, but then the "we can lose without him" comment got it back to neutral. Boo your negativity (but I didn't downvote).

Anyone else have a vision of BC a few years ago, where the kid was in the stands a few weeks prior then hit like 37 out of 37 against us? Hoping it's our turn on that train.

I'm a man! I'm 40!
Hokie thru and thru.

Gazuntite.

(And yeah, him.)

I'm a man! I'm 40!
Hokie thru and thru.

I didn't realize he ended up as BC's all time leading scorer...seriously.

Interesting read. I think Mark Wahlberg might star in a movie about this guy.

Steve Aponavicius is an American football kicker. In 2009, he became the leading scorer in the history of Boston College's football program.[1] A left-footed soccer convert, Aponavicius made his career debut against nationally ranked Virginia Tech on October 12, 2006 and successfully kicked two field goals and two extra points in the Eagles 22-3 victory.[2]

Aponavicius never played competitive football before coming to Boston College. Growing up, Aponavicius played baseball and soccer in Easton, Pennsylvania, a city known for its high school football. He was an avid member of the "Rover Nation" student cheering section at Cottingham Stadium, where the Easton Area High School Red Rovers played football.

As a freshman at Boston College in fall of 2005, Aponavicius began kicking field goals inside Alumni Stadium where he was spotted by Jay Civetti, a Graduate Assistant in the program. Civetti informed Aponavicius the team was currently looking for kickers and offered the special teams coach's contact information. After a brief one-kick tryout, Aponavicius began practicing with the team. His sophomore year, when starting placekicker Ryan Ohliger was suspended from the team for an incident at a local bar, Aponavicius was given the starting nod for a Thursday night matchup against Virginia Tech in front of a packed crowd of 44,500. Aponavicius' success as a walk-on kicker for Boston College gained him the nickname "Sid Vicious" and drew extensive press coverage and comparisons to the famed Notre Dame walk-on "Rudy."[3][4][5][6]

He ended his dream-like season in 2006 with a game-winning 37-yard field goal to defeat Navy in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.[7][8] Aponavicius finished the season as the team's leading point scorer, amassing 48 points. He was also named to the All-ACC Academic Team.

He dropped out of college for a time, but returned to Boston College in 2009.[9] As a fifth-year senior, he became the all-time leading scorer in the history of the Boston College football program.[10][11] At the time, Boston College coach Frank Spaziani said, "To drop out of the student body and come in here, and after a lot of hard work and a lot of time and energy, to become the all-time leading scorer that's a great accomplishment that he can be very proud of. And we're very, very happy for him."

VHokie

Oh...Mark Wahlberg in another movie about a regular joe trying to make the football team only to become a hero?

http://lovely-pics.com/data/media/26/invincible__2006__mark_wahlberg.jpg

Lol...I was referencing this movie when I suggested a movie about Aponovicious!

VHokie

Oh...I thought you were being serious.

He is in talks to re-make Rudy, though...

"AAAAUUUUUGGHHHH" Frank Beamer, Nov 13, 2013

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Crap. With the graphics the screen jumps around.
I did not down vote on purpose. Please somebody cover for me.

Danny caught that ball.

Friends don't let 5 star friends commit to UVA.

I have inside info. - Whit

gotcha

"I like to hit a home run early" ~ Whit "knows how to create a Buzz" Babcock

I think this is funny enough to make up for your downvote on its own.

Strasburg....Classic. I went to Mason only played bball though...loved our rivalry with yall.

Sean

I accumulated about 50 down votes on this thread alone....wow!
Pretty silly, huh?
I am sorry and I also forgive everyone who downvoted me...the kid made me made.
Lets move on...
Go Hokies!

VHokie