On Wednesday, Adonis Alexander and Houshun Gaines learned their legal fate. The two were ordered to perform 24 hours of community service, and face 12 months of probation. The punishment stems from a marijuana possession charge in April. The pair are currently suspended indefinitely from the football program, and it will be interesting to see how first year coach, Justin Fuente, handles the discipline. Since arriving in Blacksburg, Fuente has been working at breakneck speed with recruiting, public appearances, and media requests. The Alexander/Gaines arrests was just about the only negative news coming from the program, and Fuente has a real opportunity to set a precedent here.
There is no word yet on what sanction the two will receive, and odds are they are likely looking at missing at least one game. Alexander had 4 interceptions as a true freshman for the Hokies last season, and is figured to be a huge part of the secondary this season. Gaines is a 6'4" 234 pound defensive end, who also is expected to see a lot of reps. Now that the case has reached its legal conclusion, hopefully the players will learn their fate and move on. Alexander particularly has been remorseful on social media. Everyone makes mistakes, especially at that age, and let's hope Fuente and staff help these student athletes make better decisions in the future.