Joe Montana’s Son Arrested

Police officers have been fairly busy as of late trying to keep college football players in line. Last Friday, we told you about a bunch of Tennessee football players brawling at a bar. More football players found themselves in trouble Friday night, this time from Notre Dame, as they accounted for eight of the 43 people that were arrested at a party in South Bend. Among them was Joe Montana’s son, Nate Montana. Here’s a brief rundown from WNDU:

Among those arrested are eight Notre Dame football players, including Nate Montana, the son of football great Joe Montana and back-up QB; Lorenzo Wood, a cornerback and 2010 recruit; Chris Watt, a sophomore offensive guard; Robert Toma, a 2010 wide receiver recruit; Nicholas Tausch, a sophomore kicker; Ta-iler Jones, a 2010 wide receiver recruit; Steven Filer, a junior outside linebacker; and Tate Nichols, a 2010 recruit.

All those arrested were held overnight in the St. Joseph County jail until their blood alcohol content had dropped to legal levels.

Nothing like spending an evening in the drunk tank. It’s unclear if all of the people involved were arrested for underaged drinking, but it sounds like a scenario of kids being kids. The real question is how do they manage to get bagged? I may or may not know plenty of people who have been to parties and had a few drinks before the big two-one. How is it that Division 1 athletes can’t seem to keep themselves out of trouble with the law when they choose to engage in such behavior?

Eight Notre Dame football players, basketball star among 43 arrested at party [WNDU]
Nine Notre Dame Athletes Reportedly Arrested for Underage Drinking [The Sporting Blog]

Miami and Notre Dame Bringing Back Catholics vs. Convicts?

Someone must be working behind Charlie Weis’ back because I think he’d be too much of a wuss to step up and play Miami while he’s coaching. And with that line, it’s pretty evident that you’re on one side or the other when Miami and Notre Dame play — there aren’t many schools that are more diametrically opposed when it comes to their football programs. The Canes and Irish played annually from ’71-’85 and ’87-’90 before Notre Dame broke things off because they were too scared to face the big bad U each season. But with some initiating by the Miami program, it appears as if ND’s ready to get back on the wagon:

After a nearly two-decade break, Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the Fighting Irish is ”very interested” in playing Miami again in football, and the interest is mutual.

UM’s Kirby Hocutt initiated talks with Swarbrick, who became Notre Dame’s athletic director in July. No dates are set, but talks will resume in April, Swarbrick said by phone Monday.

Swarbrick mentioned the possibility of a home-and-home series, as well as a neutral site game between the schools. I’d totally be down for that. And I’d just hope the Irish will be up to snuff by then because I know Miami’s going to be back on top in just two short years. Wouldn’t want to see another repeat of the 58-7 thumping from ’85, would we?

Is 0-8 a Reality?

Forgive me while I get all giddy here. But now that the loss to Michigan State is out of the way, it really seems possible that Notre Dame starts the year 0-8. I got really excited after the first week when ND got smashed by Georgia Tech. Unfortunately for you Charlie, Lloyd Carr isn’t here to bail you out this time.

Honestly, was there any game that appeared more win-able for Notre Dame than this one? Home against Michigan St., which is arguably the weakest of the first eight teams on the Domer schedule. They’re not beating Purdue or UCLA on the road at this point, so 0-6 looks pretty solid. Then home to a juggernaut like BC, and a national title contender like USC? I’m really starting to think 0-8 is possible.

Heck, the way Notre Dame is going, beating Navy doesn’t seem like much of a guarantee. Could we be seeing 0-9? Ladies and gentlemen, brace yourselves. We are in the midst of seeing history unfold before your very eyes. This is priceless!

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Fake Priests Running Rampant in South Bend

Dude wasn’t quite running through the sidelines for a Jay Leno skit, but he might as well have been. In one of the better pranks I’ve seen in quite some time, right up there with the iron soccer ball, Brian Stouffer at FanHouse points out that a man sneaked onto the Notre Dame sidelines dressed as a fake priest. From the AP:

A man posted on the Internet a video showing how he sneaked into Notre Dame Stadium before the Georgia Tech game by posing as a Roman Catholic priest, prompting the university to re-emphasize its security procedures.

The six-minute video on the Web site YouTube showed the man posing by the team’s signature yellow sign reading “Play Like a Champion Today,” chatting with a television reporter and greeting the Fighting Irish as they ran onto the field to play Georgia Tech on Sept. 1. The video has since been removed.

As commenter GP John quipped, they defend their sidelines about as well as their end zones. Amen. Touchdown Jesus ain’t got nothing on this guy.

Charlie Weis Should Thank Lloyd Carr

Matter of fact, he should take Lloyd out to lunch. Dinner. For steak. Is there anyone in the country who dodged a bigger bullet than Charlie Weis this weekend? The only thing keeping his Notre Dame season opening embarrassment from being the talk of the week was Lloyd Carr’s loss to Appalachian St. I know, just like Notre Dame to get the luck of the Irish. But oh no, I won’t let such things be forgotten over here.

Let’s not forget, shall we, that Notre Dame got demolished at home by Georgia Tech 33-3. They didn’t just lose, they got bombed spectacularly. They managed only 122 yards of offense — a total the Raiders would laugh at — including -8 net yards on the ground. Wow. They gave up nine sacks, and lost three fumbles. About the only positive Charlie Weis can take away from the game was that he got a good look at his punter.

Moreover, not only did Notre Dame get hammered in their opener at home, but they seem well on their way to a healthy 7-5 season. Weis has already said he’s going with the Natty Light kid against Penn St., which is probably a good thing. See, this way, Golden Arm will be in midseason form when it comes time to hang 40 on the likes of Stanford and Duke. Glad to see the good ole boys at ND brought out all the stops in the last month of the season. Their November reads like an NCAA qualifying exam, not a football schedule. Navy, Air Force, Duke, and Stanford. Oooo, scary, scary, scary. Let’s just hope the Irish don’t strain any muscles leading up to that oh-so-difficult stretch run. We wouldn’t want them to be at anything less than full strength.

(photo courtesy Jonathan Daniel/Getty)

Facebook Leaks Notre Dame QB?

As the sleuthing Brian Cook at FanHouse discovered on Wednesday, Notre Dame’s starting QB for their opening game against Georgia Tech will be Demetrius Jones, not the speedo-wearing, Natty Light drinking, Jimmy Clausen. Even though Charlie Weis was playing coy with the media all summer long, he did say in his most recent press conference that the quarterbacks themselves know who the starter and backup are, and if they don’t, then they’re braindead. That’s why I believe the wall posting on Jones’ alleged Facebook profile that suggests he’s the starter. Check out this screen capture, via the Notre Dame blog, Rakes of Mallow:

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Jimmy Clausen Digs Natty Light

Why not? Choice of the collegiate champion, right? It’s cheap, it’s easy, it’s perfect. And frankly, Jimmy is just getting a raw deal. As tipster JS emails in, Clausen was cited for transporting alcohol. That straight up has to be the lamest citation out there (next to urinating in someone’s mailbox while hammered). It also looks like someone must really be out to get this kid. From the South Bend Tribune, via FanHouse:

It has recently come to light that the University of Notre Dame freshman quarterback was cited for transporting alcohol as a minor in connection with a June 23 incident at a local liquor store.

Indiana State Excise Police cited the 19-year-old Clausen and a 23-year-old outside the Belmont Beverage store at 1621 South Bend Ave., near the Notre Dame campus, police said.

The 23-year-old entered the store and bought two 1.75-liter bottles of Smirnoff vodka and a 200-milliliter bottle of Jack Daniel’s whiskey, police said, as well as a case containing 30 cans of Natural Light beer.

$170 later, problem solved. And honestly, if this citation doesn’t show how jacked up our society is, then I don’t know what does. Kid’s old enough to drive, old enough to quarterback the Fighting Irish and deal with national media scrutiny, but he’s not old enough to drive with alcohol in the car? Gimme a break. Now this to go along with his arm trouble. That’s harsh.