Notre Dame quarterback, Tommy Rees, was arrested last night while attempting to flee from the police when a party he was attending was suddenly crashed by South Bend’s finest. Rees, who is a junior and only 19, was arrested on multiple charges including resisting law enforcement, battery to law enforcement, minor consumption and public intoxication. Allegedly, once he was caught, Rees kneed one of the cops trying to arrest him and blew a .11 – not good. This is big news in Chicago for several reasons worth knowing:
What You Need to Know:
- Notre Dame’s relevance to Chicago: Our great city is a mecca of Notre Dame alum and followers. The mere proximity of South Bend, Indiana (home of Notre Dame) makes any and all Notre Dame news big news in Chicago.
- Notre Dame’s QB dilemma just got a lot easier: Rees was one of 4 quarterbacks vying for the starting job this coming fall. He is the most experienced of the 4, with 16 starts in his last 2 seasons. However, given this run-in with the law – Rees will most likely be suspended and his name taken out of the running. This costly mistake and the ramifications of what was most likely an innocent night will rock this young kid’s life forever.
- Notre Dame’s football program has been struggling for the last 7 years - and this latest news is the last thing the Fighting Irish want to deal with. Notre Dame head coach, Brian Kelly has yet to announce what exactly will happen to Rees, but given the school’s catholic heritage and principals – it’s likely Rees will be suspended and the harshest penalties will be applied.
Your Take Away Piece: “Rees just made the decision-making process a lot easier in this heated QB competition.”
What’s Next: The University will make some type of statement soon. If Tommy Rees wasn’t a practicing and praying Catholic before signing on to play for the most coveted Catholic university in the country, he is now – because it will take an act of God to get this kid’s name on the starting roster this fall. Dumb. Really dumb.