Notre Dame starting guard Kyle McAlarney was arrested for marijuana possession yesterday, and is sitting out at least today’s game against Stony Brook. “He won’t play today. That’s I think all I’m prepared to say at this point,” said Notre Dame athletic director Kevin White, according to the linked article. “White added that McAlarney’s playing and university enrollment status will be handled by Notre Dame’s student affairs department.”
The ND basketball blog Black and Green thinks “we have seen the last of K-Mac for the year, if not forever.” He quotes duLac:
Possession, use or misuse of any controlled substance, including, but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, amphetamines and depressants, is a serious violation. Students who possess, use or misuse such substances shall be subject to disciplinary suspension or permanent dismissal.
In a later post, he adds:
I really couldn’t care less about search laws or probable cause or actual usage. K-Mac had drugs in his car, and will now face the consequences. Whatever the punishment, and it’s starting to sound more and more like expulsion, Kyle can blame no one but himself. I think he’s a pretty good guy, but there is no excuse for this. …
This must just kill Mike Brey. After a terrific season so far, a loss at his shallowest position at a pivotal point in the season. K-Mac’s impact on this team is beyond the plain assist-turnover ratio. He was the catalyst for the offense, with everyone else feeding off of him. Now, Falls and Carter cannot be themselves if there is no cornerstone holding it together.
(Hat tip: Randy.)
In other basketball news, Gonzaga tries to end its two-game losing streak when it plays Nevada in the “Battle in Seattle” tonight at 6:00 PM EST. GO ZAGS!