Peter Lalich was supposed to be the savior of Virginia football when he entered the University of Virginia in the fall of 2007. The only person that did not receive that memo was Lalich himself.
Former Virginia head coach Al Groh recruited Lalich heavily out of West Springfield High School in Fairfax, Virginia. Lalich was a standout quarterback in high school and many thought his success would translate over to college.
(Although some people would question his signing with this facebook group. http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=2241962725&ref=search&sid=504914579.1453968223..1)
Oh, if only they knew what was to come. The University wasted valuable scholarship money on Lalich who was quite possibly the biggest bust the football program had signed, which is hard to do these days.
Lalich was glorified as the quarterback of the future for the almost lifeless program. His performances were anything but that.
Lackluster is a more appropriate term for the tumultuous season Lalich spent as a Wahoo. Lalich appeared in eight games during his first year in 2007 and was released the following September 18th from the football program.
Now this isn’t the pros where the University has to deal with a salary cap so why would he be dismissed you might ask?
Well one word sums it all up.
Lalich was arrested numerous times during his one plus season at the university.
In the summer of 2008, Lalich had several traffic violations as well as one major problem that really ended up screwing himself over.
Charge of purchase or possession of alcohol as a minor. At the time Lalich was only 20 years old.
Lalich was then placed on probation, and if he stayed out of trouble for a year the charges would be dropped.
Insert stupidest moment of all.
Lalich admitted to the courts in September that he drank alcohol while he was on probation. A clear violation.
Seriously of all the things to be kicked off the team for. Does it have to be for something so obvious as VIOLATING YOUR PROBATION?
Well ten short days after Lalich’s dismissal from the team, he left the university all together.
He brought his baggage with him to Oregon State University.
Lalich sat out the entire 2009 season to be eligible to play football for the Beavers.
He’ll be competing for the starting quarterback position.
Let’s see if he manages to screw this opportunity up…