Notre Dame AD discusses stadium renovations, player arrests

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick spoke with WNDU’s Angelo Di Carlo and Chuck Freeby about recent University events, including the Campus Crossroads project and the arrests of six Irish football players last month.

Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick speaks with WNDU’s Angelo Di Carlo and Chuck Freeby about recent University events, including the Campus Crossroads project and the arrests of six Irish football players last month.

Swarbrick appeared on Countdown to Kickoff just before the Notre Dame vs. Nevada game on Saturday afternoon.

He praised Head Coach Brian Kelly for acting appropriately and sternly when six Notre Dame football players were arrested in separate incidents last month. However, he said it is also important the University conducts a separate review process.

“This is a unique place, and what we really focus on is making sure that the University process is well-versed, respected and runs whatever course it chooses to.” Swarbrick said. “We’re not involved in it, but we had an opportunity to make team-related decisions.”

Police arrested cornerback Devin Butler outside of the Linebacker Lounge near Notre Dame's campus in August after police said he became physical with an officer. Head Coach Brian Kelly suspended Butler from the team after his arrest. The officer involved has since been taken off of street patrol.

Five players were arrested in August after they were pulled over by police in Fulton County.

Cornerback Ashton White, running back Dexter Williams, wide receiver Kevin Stepherson and linebacker Te'Von Coney, were all charged with possession of marijuana. They remain on the team and are going through the standards process with the University.

Senior safety Max Redfield, was also charged with possession marijuana following the incident. In addition, he was arrested for possession of a handgun without a license. He has since been kicked off the team.

Great leadership has allowed the team to move on following the arrests, Swarbrick said.

He also highlighted the progress that has been made on the Campus Crossroads Project, specifically looking at the renovations of the football stadium.

“It’s been great,” he said. “When I was in here on Thursday, I thought there’s no way we'll be ready, but it all comes together in the end.”

Swarbrick said he is especially looking forward to playing a number of games against teams from both the Big Ten and ACC conferences this season.

“I’m thrilled with the balance we’re getting,” he said.