Junior defensive tackle Derrell Hand was suspended indefinitely on Friday according to Michael Rothstein of the Fort Wayne Journal.
Notre Dame junior defensive lineman Derrell Hand has been suspended indefinitely from the Irish football team for an undisclosed violation of team rules, Irish coach Charlie Weis announced Friday afternoon. (Irish Insights)
No reason was given by the University for the suspension and it’s likely that one will never be disclosed unless Hand himself reveals it publicly. There were some rumors floating around Friday night about the situation, but until something is officially reported, I’ll refrain from posting them here out of respect for Hand and the University.
I’ll have some more insight into what this means in an article I’m writing for the main site which will be posted in a little while, but its suffice to that this news is really not the way Notre Dame needed to start fall camp. Defensive line is already a very thin position this year and if Hand were to miss the 2007 season, or worse, an already thin position just got thinner.
Update: The rumors floating around last night have proven to be true as the South Bend Tribune reported Saturday that Hand was arrested for soliciting a prostitute. Based on this news, its hard to imagine Hand suiting up for Notre Dame this season, if ever. Obviously this is not a good situation for anyone involved and as I said yesterday, this puts Notre Dame is a precarious situation along the defensive line.