Notre Dame has suspended quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese have been suspended for the season opener, the university announced Tuesday. Neither will travel with the team for its game in Ireland.
Rees pleaded guilty last week to resisting arrest and minor consumption of alcohol stemming from a house party of campus in May where he was arrested. The case for Calabrese remains open.
“Our players understand that it’s a privilege to be associated with the University of Notre Dame and its football program, but with that comes great responsibility,” Kelly said. “Carlo and Tommy put themselves in a situation that when given a choice between two distinct paths, they responded with a set of poor decisions. This conduct was inconsistent with my expectations for our football program – especially our veteran, team leaders. Carlo and Tommy will not travel with the team to Ireland and can attempt to climb the depth chart following the conclusion of their respective suspensions.”
The move means Rees, Notre Dame's starter to close out each of the last two seasons, will not be the starter to begin the season. That job will go to either Everett Golson, Andrew Hendrix or Gunner Kiel.
The Irish open camp Saturday.