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Indefinitely suspended Notre Dame senior CB Devin Butler's girlfriend, Haleigh Bailey, offered a vastly different story of Butler's weekend arrest than that offered by the police.

The probable cause affidavit painted the picture of an aggressive Butler pushing and tackling an officer outside of the Linebacker Lounge over the weekend, to the point where he needed to be tazed. Bailey offered a different version of events. "He was abused, and wrongly arrested. He never tackled an officer and he never intentionally hurt anyone," she said. "He had no reason to be tazed because he was never resisting arrest, and he was already on the ground complying when they tazed him." Butler has pleaded not guilty to a pair of Level 6 felony charges -- resisting law enforcement and battery of a police officer. He is due in court for an initial hearing on September 1.
Source: ND Insider
Aug 25 - 1:53 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly indicated that it will be a school decision whether four recently arrested players will be able to participate in the season-opener.

Six Irish players were arrested over the weekend in two separate incidents. S Max Redfield has already been dismissed from the team, while CB Devin Butler remains indefinitely suspended. The fates of LB Te'Von Coney, WR Kevin Stepherson, CB Ashton White and RB Dexter Williams (who were arrested along with Redfield and charged with marijuana possession) remain up in the air. That quartet is back practicing, but Kelly said that whether they play against Texas on September 4 remains to be seen. "I think the university is certainly looking at all of these cases and will be certainly expediting or moving quickly through the process," Kelly said, "but those matters are out of my hands."
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 25 - 12:23 PM

Redshirt junior T Mike McGlinchey, senior DL Isaac Rochell and senior LB James Onwualu were named captains for Notre Dame this season.

McGlinchey is viewed as one of the top tackles in the nation, a title held by former Notre Dame tackle Ronnie Stanley last year. Notre Dame has plenty of talent, especially coming back from injury. They should be a national title contender.
Aug 25 - 11:48 AM

Indefinitely suspended Notre Dame senior CB Devin Butler pleaded not guilty to charges of resisting law enforcement and battery of a police officer.

Butler's initial hearing is scheduled for September 1. Both charges levied against him are Level 6 felonies and stem from an alleged altercation with police outside of the Linebacker Lounge over the weekend, one in which -- according to the probable cause affidavit -- he pushed and tackled an officer before being subdued with a taser. Notre Dame has suspended him indefinitely, with no word as to when he might be able to rejoin the team. That is if he is able to rejoin the team at all. Notre Dame conduct code dictates that any student arrested on a felony charge will be dismissed from the university.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 24 - 4:00 PM

Indefinitely suspended Notre Dame senior CB Devin Butler has been formally charged with resisting law enforcement and battery of a police officer.

These were the expected charges following Butler's altercation with law enforcement outside of the Linebacker Lounge over the weekend. They arrived on the scene after a report of a patron fighting with security. According to the probable cause affidavit, the 6-foot, 195-pounder pushed a police officer and tackled him to the ground before a taser was used to settle the wideout. Both charges being levied against him are Level 6 felonies carrying up to 2 1/2 years in prison. Notre Dame has a policy to dismiss students arrested on felony charges, but for the time being, Butler remains indefinitely suspended with the team.
Source: ND Insider
Aug 23 - 3:23 PM

Notre Dame indefinitely suspended senior CB Devin Butler following his arrest on Saturday.

Per a probable cause affidavit, Butler punched a police officer outside of a bar and then tackled him. Authorities eventually were forced to use a stun gun on the 6-foot, 195-pounder. HC Brian Kelly said that he has spoken with Butler, as well as the five Irish players arrested for marijuana possession in a separate incident on Friday. One of those five -- safety Max Redfield -- has been dismissed from the team. "Their conduct fell short of what we expect from those who represent our football team and this great university," Kelly said in a statement.
Aug 21 - 7:17 PM

Notre Dame dismissed senior S Max Redfield following his arrest on Friday.

Redfield and four other Notre Dame players were arrested after they were caught speeding. The officer who pulled them over smelled marijuana and a drug dog was subsequently used to sniff out the vehicle. Redfield and two others (WR Kevin Stepherson and RB Dexter Williams) were also charged with possession of an unlicensed handgun. Redfield alone has been dismissed here. This isn't his first brush with discipline. The 6-foot-1, 198-pounder was suspended for a violation of team rules prior to Notre Dame's Fiesta Bowl showdown with Ohio State this past winter. Redfield's future plans are not yet known at this time.
Aug 21 - 7:00 PM

A probable cause affidavit relating to Saturday's arrest of Notre Dame senior CB Devin Butler details that authorities needed to use a stun gun on him after he punched and tackled a police officer.

According to the affidavit, Butler punched a police officer outside of the Linebacker Lounge bar before driving him into the ground. Officers eventually had to use a stun gun to subdue the 6-foot, 195-pound corner. The St. Joseph County prosecutor's office is still investigating the matter to determine whether formal charges will be filed, but if they are, he could face counts of resisting law enforcement and battery to a police officer -- both felonies which could lead to his dismissal from the university.
Aug 21 - 2:47 PM

Notre Dame senior CB Devin Butler was arrested on Saturday and faces felony counts of battery to law enforcement and resisting law enforcement.

Details are still few and far between here. Butler was arrested at the Linebacker Lounge, a popular bar on campus, in the wee hours of Saturday morning. The university is investigating the arrest and circumstance while sorting out potential disciplinary action. It should be noted that felony charges put Butler in danger of a possible dismissal from Notre Dame. On top of all of that, the 6-foot, 195-pounder is currently on the mend from a fractured foot suffered earlier this offseason. In addition to Butler's arrest on Saturday, five other Irish players -- headlined by S Max Redfield -- were arrested in a separate incident on Friday. HC Brian Kelly has probably had better weekends.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 20 - 12:28 PM

Notre Dame senior S Max Redfield and four other Notre Dame players were arrested on misdemeanor marijuana charges on Friday night.

In addition to Redfield, LB Te'von Coney, RB Dexter Williams, CB Ashton White and WR Kevin Stepherson were also arrested. The quintet was pulled over after an officer recorded them going 73 mph in a 60 mph zone. A drug dog was used to investigate the vehicle after the officer in question noted the smell of marijuana. Redfield, Stepherson and Williams have also been charged with possession of an unlicensed handgun. There should be plenty of fallout to come from this over the next week as the case is sorted out. Suspensions for the opener against Texas could certainly be in play, here.
Source: CSN Chicago
Aug 20 - 12:12 PM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly indicated that both redshirt sophomore DeShone Kizer and junior Malik Zaire will play quarterback against Texas in the season-opener.

Oh boy, here we go. One of the thornier offseason questions has been how, exactly, Kelly would choose between his two talented signal-callers. While several reports have spoken to a lean toward Kizer as the starter over the summer, Kelly has not yet reached that point. At least not for the opener. "It was counterintuitive for me to take one of them off the field," Kelly explained. How the Irish juggle their gunslingers for the season as a whole remains to be seen.
Aug 17 - 2:26 PM

ESPN's Kevin Carter believes redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer is "the guy" for Notre Dame this season.

Carter hints that the information came from former Rams teammate Todd Lyght, who is now the defensive backs coach for the Irish. Beat writer Pete Sampson warns to not read "too much" into Carter's proclamation, but it would not be a surprise. When Malik Zaire went down with an injury, Kizer stepped in and played at a high level. He has a huge arm and functional mobility, but the area Kizer needs to improve on is his awareness in the pocket to find operable space. So many teams would love to have either Kizer or Zaire starting for them.
Aug 10 - 9:54 AM

An anonymous FBS coach told Athlon "I’d buy stock" in Notre Dame redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer.

"I didn’t see [Malik] Zaire in person, but I’d buy stock in Kizer based on what I saw last year," he said. "He’s more accurate throwing the ball downfield, and he’s a mentally tough kid who doesn’t seem to get rattled by anything. If they can protect him, he gives them an opportunity to run more of the Brian Kelly playbook, which they really had to scale down for the last guy." A different coach quoted in the piece came with a different perspective on the situation. "The X-factor that could swing it to Zaire is they’ll take a step back on the offensive line," he said. "They don’t have another Ronnie Stanley, and Nick Martin started every game for three years, so that’s a lot to replace up front, and they may want a guy who can make plays with his feet." We don't get a vote, but we'd opt for Kizer at QB while shifting Zaire Braxton Miller-like into an offensive weapon role.
Aug 6 - 11:37 AM

Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly said that he "[does not] know what will happen" in the team's August quarterback competition.

"For me to stand here right now and tell you one guy's going to be the starter every single game would be foolish of me," Kelly said, indicating that both redshirt sophomore QB DeShone Kizer and junior QB Malik Zaire could see playing time depending on the flow of the game (he should probably ask Ohio State HC Urban Meyer how that went for the Buckeyes last year). ESPN's Travis Haney relayed in mid-May that Kizer -- who started every game after Zaire went down with a broken ankle against Virginia in the second week of the 2015 campaign -- held an edge of at least some degree out of spring practice.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 5 - 3:52 PM

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly pointed to sophomore WRs C.J. Sanders and Equanimeous St. Brown as players who need to step up opposite Torii Hunter Jr.

The Irish lost Will Fuller and Chris Brown to the NFL, plus Corey Robinson retired, so plenty of new names will be catching passes from Malik Zaire or Deshone Kizer. Sanders caught one pass for no yards last year. St. Brown matched that one catch, but traveled eight yards on his reception. If these receivers can step up, Notre Dame can absolutely be a real contender.
Aug 5 - 11:13 AM


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