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Report: Will Mahone no longer enrolled at Notre Dame

Jul 7, 2014, 11:11 PM EDT

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A few weeks after being suspended indefinitely from the football team, Irish wide receiver Will Mahone is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame.

The South Bend Tribune’s Bob Wieneke confirmed with the university the news that Mahone is out. The reserve receiver faces five charges — including three felonies — for a fight and resisting arrest after an incident in his hometown of Austintown, Ohio on June 14.

It appears that the felony charges are the sticking point that will keep Mahone out of Notre Dame, according to Wieneke, who spoke with Mahone’s attorney.


This from Wieneke’s report:

James Gentile, Mahone’s attorney, said Monday night that Mahone would like to return to Notre Dame. But, Gentile said, Mahone is of the understanding that he will not be allowed to return to the school as long as the felony charges against him are pending.

“That’s what the school has told him,” Gentile said. “If for some reason those felonies are reduced or something happens, then he’s free to reapply.”

Mahone has pled not guilty to the misdemeanor charges, and has until a pretrial hearing in mid-July to decide how to handle the felony charges. But if we’re to read between the lines, it appears Mahone is doing his best to be proactive and repent for his mistakes, something his lawyer (and a reported 30-40 supporters who showed up at Mahoning County Court) talked about with Wieneke.

“He’s working hard. He’s doing a lot of things to straighten himself out. He’s working hard on himself right now,” Gentile told the Tribune. “He’s trying to understand what happened here and why it happened and maybe address some of the issues. That’s what he’s trying to do.”

Mahone was a reserve slot receiver for the Irish, his second position at Notre Dame after struggling to crack the depth chart at running back. He’s a junior with three years of eligibility remaining.




  1. idratherbeinsouthbend - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:15 AM

    Hope the kid turns it around, whether at ND or not…but if the felony charges stick, give ole Bob Stoops a call. He’s adding criminals to his receiving corps every day. BAZINGA!!!!

    • 1historian - Jul 9, 2014 at 7:28 AM

      very classy

  2. shaunodame - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:06 AM

    Sad story. First and foremost I hope he gets his life back in order. We all make mistakes, and we all deserve a shot at redemption.

  3. irishlad19 - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:31 AM

    Young people make mistakes, and if no one is physically hurt then society usually tries to let it be a learning opportunity.
    Let’s hope this kid uses this experience to turn himself around.

  4. yaketyyacc - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    really too bad. actions have consequences. if the lesson Malone is learning the “hard” way, serves to have his fellow players take note, then if any good can come of his transgressions, the learning opportunity has done some good.
    take heart Malone, your offenses are not earthshaking, and were you not a Notre Dame football player, would have gone unnoticed. Because you are one of us, that part of the victory march, … what though the odds be great or small… translates into Notre Dame men and women being there for each other, no matter the odds.

    • dbldmr - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:18 AM


  5. irishdog80 - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:11 PM

    Feel bad for the kid. Hope he plays by the rules and gets a chance to wrap up his degree at ND some day.

  6. johngaltisspeaking - Jul 8, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    sec sec sec talent gone crazy.

  7. bernhtp - Jul 8, 2014 at 1:44 PM

    I hope he exorcises his demons and gets past this sad episode. While Notre Dame doesn’t appear to be on his path to recovery and redemption, I hope that he gets good counsel and support.

  8. nudeman - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:26 PM

    Not here, but on other boards I can’t believe some of the vitriol.
    People acting like he head butted and spewed racial epithets at them personally. I’m not coming from a holier than thou standpoint, but for all that gets written on ND boards about Our Lady, ND values and Catholicism I’d have expected a little more compassion and forgiveness.

    Since there are no other stories out there about Mahone going off the rails, I’m making the assumption he is a decent young man who behaved terribly one night. He wasn’t driving a car and endangering others – multiple times – with a motor vehicle like an ND WR who was let back into school. He wasn’t involved in a dorm room with a woman who later committed suicide, like another ND player was. He too was let back into school.

    So Mahone goes crazy one night (perhaps alcohol and drugs) and ND should just say “F You; have a good life”? Would those who feel that way feel differently if he was a star? Or if it was their son?

    What if there were no alcohol and drugs and he just had a psychotic break? (yes, that does happen)

    What if Will goes through the justice system, pays his dues, attends counseling and remains clean & sober, does his community svc with honor and even helps others who need similar help?
    He’d arguably be a better man than 2 years ago when he first came to ND.

    Under those conditions, who among you would feel good about ND shutting the door on a return?
    The bar to achieving forgiveness and readmission might be justifiably high but there should be a bar and it should be reachable.

    • jerseyshorendfan1 - Jul 8, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      Good point. Who among you will cast the first stone?

      • papadec - Jul 8, 2014 at 4:03 PM

        Sounds like the first and many more stones have already been cast at other ND websites. Also sounds like ND has made it clear that the bar has been set – regarding the felony charges. It’s up to Will & his attorney to address the ND conditions for re-admission – and it sounds like they are doing that. More power to him, for doing so.

      • papadec - Jul 10, 2014 at 9:21 PM

        Hey joisey – I don’t know if you’ll be back here (two days later) to check replies. I may be doing my annual trek to visit family, in the NY area, around the CUSE game in the Meadowlands. If so, we should get together for a cold beer, during the tailgating. My nephew will be hooking up with his CUSE frat brothers.

    • dbldmr - Jul 8, 2014 at 3:13 PM

      Well written, nude. The bar should be high, but it should exist.

    • bernhtp - Jul 8, 2014 at 5:12 PM

      Great post. While we should continue to hold our standards very high, it should also be done in the context of the possibility of redemption and forgiveness. While Notre Dame may not be the place for Will to make this journey, we should all give him whatever encouragement we can.

      As for the hate seen on other ND boards, remember that most of the participants haven’t had the benefit of a Notre Dame education/experience and are primarily football program followers, both fans and trolls. I expect far more of those that have graduated or otherwise embraced the Notre Dame ethos.

      • nudeman - Jul 8, 2014 at 6:31 PM

        Totally get what you’re saying there, but in my mind, a little compassion isn’t an ND thing. It’s a human thing. I didn’t go to ND; but I believe in compassion and second chances, just like you and others here.

        Most of these people who want nothing more to do with Will seem to think ND is above having any kids in school and on their athletic teams who’ve ever made a mistake. It’s sanctimonious, completely unrealistic and very UN-Christian.

        It’s completely possible that this is a major wake up call, he gets his life on track, becomes a better and more compassionate person, etc etc. Ever hear of Chris Carter? Lots of examples like that out there.

      • bernhtp - Jul 8, 2014 at 9:32 PM

        Compassion, forgiveness, the belief in redemption, etc. are certainly not unique to ND grads and I didn’t mean to imply otherwise. However, given that they are an explicit component of the ethos espoused by the University that we tend to share, I expect ND grads and others that embrace these values to behave far better than the those you refer to on other boards.

        I hope that this is a turning point for Will – a turn to the positive and away from his obvious issues. I don’t know if they are psychological, substance abuse, family, or whatever, but he clearly is getting a strong message that he needs to address them. I sincerely hope he succeeds.

      • nudeman - Jul 8, 2014 at 10:22 PM

        Right … got that bern
        Good post.

    • idratherbeinsouthbend - Jul 9, 2014 at 12:36 AM

      While I understand your sentiment nudey, and I generally agree with you, it’s important to note that the other examples you gave were not facing felony raps. I believe Floyd was a misdemeanor and the rape deal wasn’t even charged, right?

      Student Affairs is simply following the protocol outlined in the Student Code of Conduct…

      “If a student is charged with a felony, the University, through the Office of Student Affairs or the Office of Community Standards, reserves the right to take summary action and temporarily dismiss the student. Similarly, the University may take summary action to temporarily or permanently dismiss any student convicted of a felony”

      His temporary dismissal is just protocol. There is no reasonable information in the interwebbernetting blogosphere that suggests he won’t be allowed back in.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Jul 15, 2014 at 2:07 AM

      The kid belongs in the SEC….. Stop your Shenanigans already

  9. johngaltisspeaking - Jul 8, 2014 at 7:34 PM

    The sooner will pick him up

  10. mazblast - Jul 13, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    If Kelly wants him playing, they’ll find a weasel-worded way to readmit him. ND is a sometimes-great institution that finds ways to keep stars playing and not-stars subject to stern discipline. Kind of like the Church itself–one set of rules for the insiders, and…

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