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Notre Dame CB Devin Butler not formally charged after Saturday morning arrest

Notre Dame CB Devin Butler not formally charged after Saturday morning arrest

Notre Dame senior cornerback Devin Butler has not been formally charged with a crime after being arrested Saturday morning following an incident outside the Linebacker Lounge in South Bend. Court documents first published by the South Bend Tribune and later obtained by show the State of Indiana requested the St. Joseph County Superior Court to delay Butler's initial hearing for 72 hours so more information can be gathered and evaluated for the case. 

The State has until Aug. 24 to decide whether or not to file charges against Butler, who was preliminarily charged with resisting arrest and battery of a police officer, both of which are felonies. The St. Joseph County Police Department initially said Butler was officially charged with both crimes, but the court documents reflect a revision in that decision. 

When officers arrived at the Linebacker early Saturday morning, the reported a scuffle between two women in which one woman kicked the other in the head. When they approached that woman to arrest her for battery, Butler allegedly "lunged" at the woman who kicked the other and forcibly shoved her "by her head and body, causing her to move approximately 3 to 4 feet." 

Butler was grabbed by an officer and told to stay back, but allegedly cursed at officers and approached them. The two officers on the scene attempted to detain Butler, who then allegedly pushed an officer off balance, "picked him up over a curb and tackled" him to the ground. A struggle on the ground followed in which Butler allegedly struck an officer in the side and stomach "several times" as he continued to curse and threaten the officers.  

Butler allegedly then ripped a duty belt off another officer before he was struck by an officer, who deployed a taser. The officer Butler scuffled with reported injuries to his elbow, wrist, neck, back and arm and was treated at Memorial Hospital and released.

According to the court documents, Butler apologized while being transported to the St. Joseph County Jail, "stating that he had been incredibly emotional and intoxicated."

A St. Joseph County Jail official said Butler posted $1,000 bond and was released Saturday afternoon. In an unrelated incident, five other Notre Dame players were arrested Friday night on misdemeanor charges and were released from the Fulton County Jail Saturday after posting bond. 

Read the full court documents below:


  Butler, Devin

Notre Dame will allow students back on campus for 2020 fall semester

Notre Dame will allow students back on campus for 2020 fall semester

Notre Dame University announced on Monday that it will welcome students back on campus on August 10. That’s two weeks earlier than the fall semester was initially scheduled to begin. In addition, Notre Dame will forgo a fall break in October, and will instead end the semester before Thanksgiving.

In the announcement Notre Dame said they consulted with experts for months to develop their plan to welcome students back onto campus.

The plan to return includes comprehensive COVID-19 testing for students, faculty and staff. It also includes contact tracing, quarantine and isolation protocols, social distancing and mask requirements, and enhanced cleaning of all campus spaces.

“By far the most complex challenge before us is the return of our students to campus for the resumption of classes in the fall semester,” Notre Dame’s president Rev. John I. Jenkins wrote in a letter to students. “Bringing our students back is in effect assembling a small city of people from many parts of the nation and the world, who may bring with them pathogens to which they have been exposed. We recognize the challenge, but we believe it is one we can meet.”

Father Jenkins also wrote that the university is currently developing a plan to reopen research labs, studios and libraries in coming weeks.

In case of an outbreak, or if the university is unable to provide adequate testing, Notre Dame faculty have been asked to prepare both in-person and remote curricula for their classes. The remote curricula would also help any student keep up with classwork if they need to be quarantined.

The university is also developing criteria to determine whether or not to offer study abroad programs in the fall. That decision will be announced in June.

Notre Dame sent home all students in mid-March to complete their spring semesters remotely. They also canceled all summer classes, except for a small number of students who needed to complete summer work to prepare for the fall semester.

Is Brian Kelly out at Notre Dame if new QB Brandon Wimbush’s rocket arm doesn’t deliver for Irish in 2017?

Is Brian Kelly out at Notre Dame if new QB Brandon Wimbush’s rocket arm doesn’t deliver for Irish in 2017?

A 4-8 season in 2016 has put Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly firmly on the hot seat as he heads into his eighth season with the Fighting Irish.

In response to a tumultuous season, Kelly made major changes to his staff this past offseason by hiring new coordinators on both sides of the ball.

Mike Elko, who previously led Wake Forest to an FBS Top-40 total defense ranking, was hired by Kelly to be Notre Dame's defensive coordinator, and Chip Long — former offensive coordinator at Memphis — will now be in charge of the Fighting Irish offense.

However, the biggest change and arguably the No. 1 factor in Kelly's long-term future in South Bend, will be the person under center in 2017.

Barring an unforeseen circumstance, junior quarterback Brandon Wimbush — a former Rivals four-star recruit — will lead Notre Dame out of the tunnel in Week 1 vs. Temple.

Wimbush has only thrown five passes during his time at Notre Dame, but showed what kind of talent he has with a 58-yard rushing touchdown as a freshman in 2015.

Wimbush was one of the focal points of a recent Rivals story regarding quarterbacks who will be facing pressure in 2017

Earlier this week, Rivals Recruiting Director Mike Farrell gave his scouting report on the Notre Dame quarterback.

I’m a big fan of Wimbush but that hasn’t always been the case. It’s not that I didn’t like him when I first scouted him before his high school career took off, but what I saw way back when was a kid who had a rocket arm and zero touch. But throughout his high school career he improved every time I saw him, showed much more than just a strong arm and flashed impressive poise for his age.

I’ve seen very limited action when it comes to Wimbush in college as he hasn’t played often and his spring game performance had ups and downs, but I believe in this kid’s ability. He can extend the play, has that great arm and just needs to get comfortable in the Notre Dame offense and make sure he doesn’t try to use that cannon to fit the ball into tight spots. I can see him having some growing pains this season, but as he gets more comfortable and learns to take what the defense gives him while keeping defenses off balance with his athletic ability, I think he’ll finish strong.

Will Wimbush's rocket arm be enough to save Kelly from the hot seat?

That's still to be determined.