Story updated at 12:04 p.m. Aug. 1, 2012
Irish quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese were arrested an off campus party on May 3.
Notre Dame will be leaving two of its regular contributors at home when they travel to Dublin to play Navy on Sept. 1. Irish quarterback Tommy Rees and linebacker Carlo Calabrese will miss the season opener while serving a one-game suspension for disciplinary reasons.
Police arrested Rees and Calabrese on May 3, the final day of the most recent spring semester, after breaking up a loud party at an off-campus home. Rees pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges a week ago. Calabrese is due in court in August on one misdemeanor charge of intimidation.
Irish head coach Brian Kelly released a statement Tuesday afternoon explaining his decision.
“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.”
Rees and Calabrese were each expected to battle for a starting position during fall camp, which begins this Saturday. Rees will have to compete with three others at quarterback with one less week to audition. Calabrese split time with fellow senior Dan Fox at weakside linebacker last season and was expected to play a similar role in 2012.
The trouble for Rees began shortly after midnight on May 3 when he tried to flee from police when they arrived at the party. He led an officer on a chase through the neighborhood just south of campus before being corralled by a nearby taxi driver. He wrestled with the officer after his arrest and was arrested on a charge of felony assault to a police officer, which was reduced the following day.
Calabrese threatened the officers attempting to arrest Rees twice, according to the original police report. He entered a pre-trial diversion program Wednesday that will wipe the charge from his record if he stays out of trouble for the next year. He will also have to pay a $329 fine and do 20 hours of community service.
Both players will be eligible to play again on Sept. 8 against Purdue.