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According the WNDU, eight Notre Dame football players were among 43 students arrested Friday night after police were called with complaints about an off-campus party. It’s not clear if everyone was arrested for underage drinking, but at this time there aren’t any reports of arrests for anything else.
The WNDU report listed Nate Montana, Lorenzo Wood, Chris Watt, Roby Toma, Nick Tausch, TJ Jones, Steve Filer, and Tate Nichols as the football players who were arrested. Tim Abromaitis and Erick Atkins from the men’s hoops team and incoming freshman Steven Summerhays of the hockey team were also among the 43 arrested.
Head coach Brian Kelly issued a statement Saturday saying, “I am aware of the situation and am collecting more facts. If there is any team-related discipline to be issued it would be handled internally.”
As long as all of the players arrested were only charged for underage drinking and it was their first offense, precedence suggests that suspensions won’t be enforced by the University. How Kelly decides to handle the situation isn’t clear. He will no doubt be more than a little upset that he has to deal with a situation like this so close to the start of training camp though.
This isn’t the first time Notre Dame players have been arrested when the Indiana Excise police have been called to an off-campus party. Two years ago you may remember reports of the Excise police surrounding a house and arresting all of those attending the party. Will Yeatman and Mike Golic Jr were the two football players arrested during that incident. Yeatman ended up being suspended for the rest of the seasons and he subsequently transferred as a result. That, however, was Yeatman’s second offense.
We’ll have to wait and see how this plays out, but baring any new developments, it doesn’t look like this is something that will cause too much of an impact on the field.