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Wood, Utupo suspended two games

Aug 27, 2012, 4:05 AM EDT

Cierre Wood Pitt

Notre Dame confirmed the suspension of running back Cierre Wood and announced a two-game suspension of defensive end Justin Utupo as well on Sunday for violating team rules.

“Our players are aware of the standards I set for our program and that failure to meet my expectations will result in consequences,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said. “Justin and Cierre violated our team rules so I’ve suspended them for the first two games of the season.”

As mentioned in our original report, the loss of Wood puts the running back duties in the hands of Theo Riddick and George Atkinson, capable replacements for the Irish. Utupo’s suspension will thin out the Irish’s depth at defensive end, though he wasn’t expected to be in the team’s early rotation at the position.



  1. kiopta1 - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:52 AM

    Your a very good back, starter at ND, many say a good chance to be something in the NFL ….so what do you do? Risk it all by being stupid. Rumor is a failed piss test. Idiot.

    • bernhtp - Aug 27, 2012 at 9:12 AM

      The BGI article indicates that it was not a failed drug test. It could have been being caught smoking (e.g., by rector or RA in dorm) or making the Michael Phelps mistake (caught by camera).

      • nudeman - Aug 27, 2012 at 1:03 PM

        The article says his suspension “does not involve use of the drug”.
        So wtf was he doing? Posing next to a kilo?

        This makes no sense. Then again, doesn’t really matter.
        He’s out for 2 games and we’re gonna’ open up a can of Theo and GAIII

        Not saying they won’t miss him; just saying the should be able to get through the 1st two games ok, and frankly I don’t give a sh*t what he was doing.

      • bernhtp - Aug 27, 2012 at 2:22 PM

        It might have been posing with someone smoking in a photo. This would be especially bad if the photo made its way around. Notre Dame doesn’t like that.

        Anyway, don’t really know.

  2. ndfanwabashman - Aug 27, 2012 at 7:46 AM

    I think it’s worth mentioning that there does not seem to be much rhyme or reason to the length of suspensions.
    Unless he kneed two cops I don’t understand how this warrants two games while Rees is only out one.

    • seeeye - Aug 27, 2012 at 10:03 AM

      I think a case of “pour encourager les autres” come down harder on a starter and Utupo to make sure that a pot problem, assuming the reports are correct, does not take root and grow on the team.

      Also, police involvement would be an aggravating factor. If the police were involved, the suspensions might have been longer.

    • 808raiderinparadise - Aug 27, 2012 at 2:21 PM

      Rees is white, come on.

      • danirish - Aug 27, 2012 at 4:55 PM


      • 808raiderinparadise - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:23 PM

        LoL jk guys … try some snark sarcasim.

        Anywho … C Wood was my Hiesman candidate pick … so much for that.

      • nudeman - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:12 PM

        You should know that it is NEVER ok to inject race into anything
        The mere acknowledgement that a person is black or white is even forbidden. We must all pretend that:
        1) Whites are the same in every regard as blacks, who in turn are the same as Asians. (Except on the LPGA Tour)

        2) The fact that the last 12,873 100M races have been won by blacks is not indicative of any sort of difference speed between whites and blacks. Again, blacks=whites=Asians.

        3) Just because black women have nicer booties, that doesn’t mean … never mind; not sure where this one is going

        4) There are approximately 250 CBs and WRs in the NFL, all 250 of whom are black; none are white. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean that blacks are faster than whites. Just an odd time we live in.

        5) The last white CB anybody remembers was Jason Sehorn. You might remember him. He was frequently seen chasing WRs across the goal line. Black WRs.

      • 808raiderinparadise - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:21 PM

        LMAO when swimming lessons make their way to the hood, Michael Phelps records will be smashed.

      • 9irish - Aug 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM

        Nude, but hey, Sehorn still got Angie Harmon! I think it was because of his superior swimming, marksmanship, and land navigation skills…

      • bernhtp - Aug 27, 2012 at 8:49 PM

        Nude: there are several white WRs in the NFL, but not many. Your point stands and should be obvious to anyone.

        This photo (Olympic 100m) is worth a thousand words on the topic:

      • nudeman - Aug 27, 2012 at 8:55 PM

        Please name me one white WR in the NFL
        I’m making a distinction between slot receivers and true wideouts
        Welker is not a WR. He’s a slot guy.
        Dane Sanzenbacher (hanging on by a thread with the Bears) is not a WR

        If you define WR as a true WR, I can’t think of one
        And if there is a white CB, I’d be shocked

      • ndfanwabashman - Aug 27, 2012 at 9:23 PM

        Jordy Nelson

      • glowplugv - Aug 27, 2012 at 9:56 PM

        This discussion and joking, if you want to call it that, is beneath this blog. Cut this type of crap out.

      • bernhtp - Aug 27, 2012 at 10:40 PM

        Nude, Jordan Shipley comes to mind, though I don’t know how long he’ll last after the ACL tear.

  3. garyasher - Aug 27, 2012 at 9:01 AM

    Probably Pot vs beer. Bad decision.

  4. 9irish - Aug 27, 2012 at 10:42 AM

    Hmmmm. I don’t know without all the details. BK is laying down the law, luckily none of these three now suspended players’ absence will be crippling. Rees has de facto been suspended the whole season. I think him misbehaving made it easier, actually. Time for the red ballcap.

  5. ibleedirish - Aug 27, 2012 at 10:59 AM

    Bottom line, stupid stupid stupid. Hopefully Cierre and Utupo learn and come back strong. In the meantime, if we needed Cierre to beat Navy and Purdue then this season was going to be even more rough than many predict. I actually think this is a GREAT opportunity in the first two games to get GAIII, Neal and Chris Brown on the field early. We can see what they have to offer and Cierre might get a chance to realize the unfortuante (for him) reality that in today’s college and pro game running backs are a dime a dozen. So maybe think next time you are ready to blaze up that lefty. Is this buzz really worth a couple million dollars?

  6. jerseyshorendfan1 - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    This may be the wrong forum and I am in no way condoning what these players did but we really have to re-examine our stance on pot, as a nation. I live in a state where medical marijuana laws have been passed but Gov. Blowhard and his administration have put so much red tape in the way that 2 years after passage of the bill, there are still dying cancer patients that can’t get a joint to ease their pain, quell their nausea, improve their appetites, etc. They fear that NJ will turn into Califonia or Colorado where it is dispensed liberally for a headache or stress. It is a natural substance that you can’t overdose on, doesn’t cause anger (as in angry drunks) and would be a great source of revenue if we were to regulate and tax it, not to mention the impact this would have on organized crime, gangs, etc. I have heard that one of the drawbacks to decriminalization is that there is no way to measure how high somebody is, only testing to see whether they have used the substance or not. As such, no way to tell if you’re above .08 BAC as with alcohol. Do we really believe that Clinton didn’t inhale, that Obama didn’t drive the Choom bus? This tells you how pervasive pot usage is in our culture. I’d be interested in knowing where the ND fan base weighs in on this topic. Do we believe that God created heaven and earth and saw that it was good? If so, he created the ganga, cheeba, chronic, whatever we want to call it.

    • dbldmr - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:57 AM

      One thing I believe is that I don’t want truck drivers high. Hey…I’ve got no beef with pot or alcohol, but I would greatly prefer those driving large, heavy, speeding vehicles to be straight. Since there doesn’t seem to be any reliable way of determining whether or not they’re stoned, I prefer that we err on the side of caution. …but maybe I’m in a minority.

      • audomer - Aug 27, 2012 at 12:05 PM

        If a Truck Driver wants to get stoned and drive, i hardly think he/she will care if it is legal in the state they are driving in. So you’re point is mute.. Maybe they will have rest areas at each state line that will allow truck drivers to “come down” off of their high.

      • jerseyshorendfan1 - Aug 27, 2012 at 12:32 PM

        Good point and I think that’s the one hangup I have on this also.

    • ibleedirish - Aug 27, 2012 at 12:03 PM

      You are correct. Wrong forum.

    • nudeman - Aug 27, 2012 at 2:13 PM

      I gave this a thumbs up, but don’t know why
      Maybe because of the “Gov Blowhard” moniker. What an insufferable (400 lb) egomaniac

      • NotreDan - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:37 PM

        Nude. I think we could be drinking buddies.

      • nudeman - Aug 27, 2012 at 7:20 PM

        Well that’s a (not so) revoltin’ turn of events.
        Sure, just let me know when/where. I’m there, and thirsty

        But for the record, please don’t try to sell me on Mitt
        More likely that I’ll pull for USC.

      • NotreDan - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:39 AM

        I’d sooner stab myself in the neck with a pencil that vote for mit the twit.

      • irishbornraised - Aug 29, 2012 at 3:12 AM

        Nude, something tells me you spend roughly three times as much time researching ND football than researching politics, and something tells me you go more by reputation and the very worst quotes from “Gov. Blowhard”, rather than when he completely overwhelms all that stands in his way by way of superior rationale. Not the time nor the place, but just saying, I can’t stand not calling people out who believe that paying attention to politics is for suckers, yet lecture others. If all else fails, Swarbrick 2016

    • ndirish86 - Aug 27, 2012 at 4:42 PM

      Agree w/ ibleedirish – this is the wrong forum. But I could not resist a reply anyway. Skip to the next thread to continue w/ football…

      jerseyshorefan1, the thing God created good is YOU – because you have a mind that can think, a will that can make choices, and a heart that can love.

      to throw those powers away – even temporarily – by taking leave of your senses is the problem. Not good. Spits in the eye of the one who gave you those things.

    • paiten34 - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:33 PM

      Gentlemen as I go over this topic with my team every season I feel the urge to comment on this. As I tell my players it’s not legal for any high school player or most college players to drink or do pot. Right or wrong as long as these activities remain illegal any player using is suspended.

      As far as I know this is the rule a cross the country for any player who uses illegal substances. In the cases that I’ve worked with college players I tell them pot is off limits if they want to play for me. If they’re 21+ drinking is fine but not during the season or at team activities.

      I would tell C Wood that his has a great talent but talent is very common. Its what you do with that talent that makes you extraordinary. To end pot can cause major problems with a football team as can drinking. I think Kelly came down harder with two games on C Wood because for 1. Reason he made this mistake the week before the season starts. 2. He broke a team rule and is the second starter “Reese” to get suspended and the second person always gets in more trouble.

      • papadec - Aug 27, 2012 at 8:00 PM

        paiten – I think the two game suspension was harsher because it happened last year, another player, and Kelly wants to make a strong point to the team.

    • papadec - Aug 27, 2012 at 7:53 PM

      jersey – I’m with you on this. Looks like we have a referendum on the ballot, here in Washington state, this Fall. Prohibition didn’t work for alcohol. The current approach to pot control isn’t working either. We don’t ever seem to learn from history. The Oregon battle cry of “Tax it and relax it” makes sense to me. I don’t drink, and get drunk, on alcohol just because it’s legal, don’t smoke tobacco either. Might try mj, if it’s legalized – but doubt that I would spend my life stoned – even if it is supposed to be good for glaucoma (which I do have).

  7. ttirish - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:19 AM

    jersey. these are premier athletes at a world class institution where the rules are made very clear to them. no weed! period. with a possible future in the nfl you would think these guys would be doing everything they could to make themselves better. alcohol and weed do not make you a better football player, no matter who you are.

    • jerseyshorendfan1 - Aug 27, 2012 at 11:54 AM

      Let me reiterate…..I do not condone what these two athletes did. They were clearly wrong and I did not argue that pot was in any way performance enhancing. I’m just making the argument that we need to reevaluate our stance on this substance. Look at all the athletes who have used steroids (proven to be destructive) to gain some advantage. Those are the drugs that really need to be policed a little better.

      • 1historian - Aug 27, 2012 at 12:40 PM

        Are you saying that steroids are used at Notre Dame? I would certainly doubt you are saying that, or even implying it, in which case bringing them up in this matter makes no sense.

        The 2 players “violated team rules”, and then the worthies that come here seem to have decided that it had to have something to do with drugs – pot, or booze. Never mind that NEITHER substance has been mentioned.

        In other words – complete and total SPECULATION from word one, and has anyone thought that this SPECULATION could harm these young men in the future?

  8. mmcss690 - Aug 27, 2012 at 12:36 PM

    A national drug debate does not absolve the players from their participation in breaking standardized rules (regardless of the topic).

    audomer… I believe you mean “moot” not “mute”

    • 9irish - Aug 27, 2012 at 1:11 PM

      That’s the point right there. Doesn’t matter about debate, it matters what is legal. If they legalize something, so be it. Don’t go living on your own agenda when you represent an institution.

      • bernhtp - Aug 27, 2012 at 1:22 PM

        If it were legal, it still would likely be against team rules, and that is what at issue here.

  9. 1historian - Aug 27, 2012 at 12:54 PM

    kiopta1 – “rumor is a failed piss test.”

    Your source?

  10. runners00 - Aug 27, 2012 at 5:24 PM

    I wonder how many players are going to be left for the Navy game. . . . Seriously, when you commit to college, you commit to pay tuition, show up (usually) and, comply with the law (usually). Now, certainly if one of mine decides to try a joint in college because they want to experiment or because their buddy or neighbor or whomever is offering, I say this is what kids do in college. Don’t do anything too stupid — but enjoy the experience.

    But committing to a college football program is different. You don’t just represent yourself or your family. You don’t just show up and pay the tuition bill. In fact, the tuition bill is paid for – provided that you show up and practice and work hard and listen to direction and, well, get it done. And so these guys — Rees, Wood, Utupo and etc. — are really not owning up to their responsibilities.

    It reflects poorly on the players but it also reflects poorly on the coaching staff and the university. These kids will be kids — for sure — and there are certain aspects of that age group that are annoying. They tend to take risks and view themselves as invincible. Heck, we all did at that age. But. BUT: being fortunate enough to play for one of America’s great universities is a privilege. They should better appreciate this and remember that, like the rest of us, things can come crashing down in a heartbeat.

    • nudeman - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:15 PM

      Keep in mind … we don’t know exactly what the transgression was.
      And I believe it was the official ND press release said the use of pot was NOT the issue.

      • runners00 - Aug 27, 2012 at 8:48 PM

        Fair enough — that we have no idea what the transgression was. My point is simply that they made a deal with Kelly and/or with the university. And at this point, these three guys (at least) are not living up to their end of the bargain. The university is providing them with professors. It’s giving them assistants and taking care of their trip to Ireland and the like. The kids should be adhering to team rules.

  11. NotreDan - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:35 PM

    Is it Saturday yet?

    I have my new 2012 tailgate set-up ready to go. Omlettes, potatoes, bloody marys before kickoff.

    Since my wife is a Wolverine fan (I know, sorry, but she’s hot) we will reload the whole thing for the 8 PM kick-off in TX.

    Oh, and the suspension? I’m sure they got what they deserved. End of story. All this babble about pot has little to do with the real issue.

    Is it Saturday yet?

    • NotreDan - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:36 PM

      tailgate in my yard, that is…

      • nudeman - Aug 27, 2012 at 7:22 PM

        Room for one more?

      • NotreDan - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:41 AM

        always room for one more, depends on where ya hail from i suppose.

        we’ll all be drinkin tomatoes in spirit

    • 1historian - Aug 28, 2012 at 5:53 AM

      Michigan is gonna get a butt-whippin’ from ‘bama.

      Bloody Marys at 7 in the morning?

      • bernhtp - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:26 AM

        I hope Michigan squeaks by in a bloodbath so we get to play a highly-ranked but banged-up team in three weeks.

      • NotreDan - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:42 AM

        I NEVER drink bloody marys after 10 AM.


  12. ravenseattheirownpoop - Aug 27, 2012 at 6:57 PM

    Way to go idiots

  13. ravenseattheirownpoop - Aug 27, 2012 at 7:02 PM

    I could not agree with you more! You forgot one very very important fact-it’s non addictive!!

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