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Rees pleads guilty to misdemeanor charges


Tommy Rees has pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from his May arrest. The Irish quarterback, who was originally charged with battery charges against a police officer, had the two most serious charges against him dropped, while pleading guilty to underage drinking and resisting arrest.

“I apologize to my family, friends, the Notre Dame community, Fighting Irish fans and the South Bend Police Department for my actions this spring,” Rees said in a statement. “I made a poor decision and I accept full responsibility. I learned a valuable lesson and witnessed first-hand that actions have consequences. This experience will make me a better person and I will focus on being a positive role model and citizen. To those who supported me during this difficult time, I offer my sincerest thanks. To the people I disappointed, I am dedicated to winning back your trust and confidence.”

The legal proceedings ended up being quite kind to Rees, whose plea agreement includes a 30 day suspended sentence, eleven months of administrative probation, 50 hours of community service, and a letter of apology to the officers involved. Early reports of an altercation between Rees and the arresting officer were highly exaggerated, with battery charges moving from felony to misdemeanor, and eventually being dismissed after conflicting reports emerged, including statements from the taxi driver at the scene.

While it has yet to be reported, Rees has already met with Res Life, the university’s disciplinary arm, and a source called the meeting “very productive.” With the legal proceedings cleared, any discipline of the quarterback is now in the hands of head coach Brian Kelly.

How Kelly decides to discipline his junior quarterback remains to be seen. Underage alcohol consumption hasn’t been a serious infraction with the Irish head coach, and while this incident was highly publicized, Rees has steered clear of any other trouble during his time in South Bend. The quarterback has been cleared and working out with his teammates all summer, reportedly leading offensive drills as the team prepares for a four-man quarterbacking battle when camp opens in August.

Linebacker Carlo Calabrese was also arrested during the incident at an off-campus house. He has yet to settle his misdemeanor charge.






Even with heavy rain in forecast, kickoff stays in primetime

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With rain falling and the forecast expecting much more, Notre Dame and Clemson are kicking off in primetime anyway.

College GameDay was on campus this morning, showcasing the soggy conditions and the mud-covered campus. And while some wondered whether or not the kickoff would move up to earlier in the day to take advantage of a slight lull in the conditions, kickoff is remaining at 8:22 p.m.

“We’ve been in constant communication with state and local law enforcement and have monitored weather throughout the week and today,” director of athletics Dan Radakovich said in a statement Friday night. “I’ve spoken with campus leaders, State Highway Patrol, and Governor Nikki Haley, and feel confident we can play the game as scheduled. We ask our fans to be conscientious arriving and departing from our campus as we will have some limitations due to this ongoing weather event.”

Ball security will be key this evening, and during an interview with Tom Rinaldi this morning Kelly mentioned the punting and kick game as concerns in these conditions. The Irish came to Clemson prepared for miserable conditions and if the forecast holds, they’ll get just that.

Irish get commitment from 2017 TE Cole Kmet

Cole Kmet

Notre Dame’s tight end recruiting keeps rolling. The Irish received a commitment from Illinois tight end Cole Kmet, who adds a third piece to Notre Dame’s 2017 recruiting class.

Kmet is a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder, joining fellow blue-chipper 2017 tight end Brock Wright in next year’s recruiting class (they won’t sign until February 2017). He had early offers from plenty of the top programs around the country, but picked Notre Dame over finalist Ohio State, a nice recruiting victory for Scott Booker and Brian Kelly.

Kmet talked about the decision with Irish 247 who broke the news:

“I think it was just a gut feeling knowing it was Notre Dame,” Kmet to Irish 247. “I didn’t want to pass on playing for that program and attending that university. It’s always been the school I wanted an offer from and Ohio State made it really close, but I just couldn’t pass on Notre Dame.”