Notre Dame suspends Tommy Rees for Navy

This season just keeps getting more and more interesting for Navy. The Penn State scandal fallout continues destroying the Nittany Lions piece by piece. The latest news is that primary offensive weapon and star running back Silas Redd is transferring to USC in what could be the first of many transfers involving key players. Now Notre Dame is having some issues with one of its players.

News has also broken which affects the other premier caliber team on the Navy schedule, Notre Dame.

Off the back of a May 3rd arrest during a police break up of an off campus party, incumbent Notre Dame quarterback Tommy Rees has been suspended for the season opening match with the Midshipmen. Both Rees, and fellow arrestee senior linebacker Carlo Calabrese, will not even make the trip to Dublin with the team as part of their punishment.

A statement by Irish head coach Brian Kelly said, "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. 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."

Though it was by no means a certainty that Rees would be the starting quarterback for the Golden Domers in 2012 he was certainly ahead in the Spring Practice race. Rees threw for 20 touchdowns with 14 picks last year and was seen as a gifted, albeit wildly inconsistent, signal caller. With Rees out the starter against Navy will be either fan favorite sophomore Everett Golson (who has never taken a college snap) or junior Andrew Hendrix. Hendrix has played sparingly in South Bend and at this point is probably best known for throwing the interception which set up the winning touchdown for Florida State in the Champs Sports Bowl.

No matter which of the two gets the nod it is yet another reason for Navy fans to think that this could be a special season. With the raucous atmosphere which is expected in Dublin who knows how an inexperienced Notre Dame quarterback will react under pressure. One thing that is certain is that it is now imperative that Navy defensive linemen hit Golson/Hendrix early and often to give the secondary chances to make plays.

This game already looked like a game Navy could win if they executed on the day. Now it is going to be even more interesting to see if the Academy can sneak a win to set up their season.

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