Notre Dame football analysis: One word pivotal to QB's ND fate
He has to ask himself why Rees turned what could have been a
relatively easy charge to move on from -- underage drinking -- into
three additional charges, one of which teetered on being a felony.
And a felony is looked upon in a much different light by Du Lac than a
"If a student is charged with a felony, the University reserves the
right to take summary action and temporarily dismiss the student," the
student handbook says. "Similarly, the University may take summary
action to temporarily or permanently dismiss any student convicted of
Ten springs ago, Notre Dame expelled four players -- Justin Smith,
Abram Elam, Donald Dykes and Justin Smith -- after being charged with
When the legal system played out, Elam was convicted of sexual battery
and placed on probation for two years. He was acquitted of the more
serious charges against him -- criminal deviate conduct and conspiracy
to commit rape.
Dykes was tried and acquitted. Charges were dismissed against Smith
and Crawford before either went to trial.