The Friday arrests of five Notre Dame Fighting Irish players on marijuana and gun charges resulted in the Sunday dismissal of senior safety Max Redfield, head coach Brian Kelly said in a statement:
“At Notre Dame, where we place so much importance on the integration of students who are athletes into the broader university, the primary responsibility for discipline lies, as it should, with the University's Office of Community Standards,” Kelly said via CSN Chicago. "But even within that system, there are times when a player's conduct so clearly fails to meet the standards I have set for our football team that it is appropriate to take action independent of any decision that might be made by the Office of Community Standards. This is such an instance.
“The expectations we set for the members of our team are high, but they are especially so for the upperclassmen who are expected to provide leadership and a positive example to the other members of the team. Max and, at least at this stage in the review of his case, Devin, have failed in that regard and so have lost the privilege of continuing to be part of our team.”
Senior cornerback Devin Butler was suspended indefinitely, but he was already ruled out until October after breaking his foot in June.
Kelly also indicated that the other four players arrested with Redfield — running back Dexter Williams, receiver Kevin Stepherson linebacker Te'von Coney, and cornerback Ashton White — could also face disciplinary action.
With 64 tackles last season, Redfield was set to be the team’s leading returning tackler. He also recorded one interception and three pass break ups in his second season as a starter.
Even if Kelly opts to dismiss or suspend any or all of the other four players, the loss of Redfield looms the largest for the Fighting Irish, as the senior was commended by his teammates and coaches for his athleticism and outstanding fall camp just days ago.
Notre Dame opens the season against Texas on September 4 in Austin.