Ragone Arrested on Marijuana Charge

Notre Dame senior tight end Mike Ragone was arrested Saturday for off-campus possession of marijuana.

Notre Dame senior tight end Mike Ragone was arrested Saturday morning on the suspicion of marijuana possession.

Both Ragone and a female passenger were released from a LaGrange County jail after posting bond Saturday afternoon.

Notre Dame Director of Football Media Relations Brian Hardin told the South Bend Tribune that head coach Brian Kelly will treat the arrest as a serious issue, but that "any team-related action that may be forthcoming would be handled internally."

According to South Bend Tribune, Ragone was pulled over at 8:22 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, for allegedly driving 83 miles per hour in a 70 mph zone. The police report indicated the search occurred when the arresting trooper smelled a marijuana odor inside the car.

Two bags of marijuana were found, reportedly in the woman's purse. Both Ragone and his companion would reportedly face misdemeanor charges for possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana.

Though Kelly indicated the manner would be handled internally, Notre Dame's Office of Residence Life will ultimately decide what disciplinary action (outside of team-related rules infractions) will be enforced.

Page 110 of The University's du Lac (A Guide to Student Life) handbook states:

6. Students who possess, use, or misuse such substances shall be subject to disciplinary suspension or permanent dismissal. Providing for others, by sale or otherwise, marijuana or any other controlled substance, is a serious violation of University policy, which shall result in disciplinary suspension or permanent dismissal. Possession of drug paraphernalia is prohibited and considered a serious violation of University Policy.

Point No. 6 above applies to students both on and off campus.

Reports have not indicated that Ragone was under the influence of a controlled substance, a matter handled separately within the guidelines set forth by du Lac.

Ragone caught six passes for 75 yards and a touchdown on April 24 in the annual Blue Gold Game. Kelly noted post-game that "Ragone is a tough kid. He's going to help us, he's going to move the chains for us and do some things that allow us to get into two tight end (formations), as well. He's very important in terms of what we're going to be doing in the fall."

Ragone totaled just six receptions for 60 yards last season, though he did log 158:45 of playing time in 2009, serving a key role as a blocker in former head coach Charlie Weis' preferred two tight end sets. (The playing time total ranked as the fifth highest among Notre Dame skill position players last season.)

Junior Kyle Rudolph is the team's clear-cut starter at tight end, but Ragone appeared to have played his way into the No. 2 spot entering the summer. Senior walk-on tight end Bobby Burger had been featured in a fullback/H-Back role, both by Weis and again by Kelly's staff this spring. Sophomores Tyler Eifert and Jake Golic fill out the spring depth chart while freshman Alex Welch is expected to join the unit in August.


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