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Coach Kelly suspends Rees and Calabrese from season opener

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -- Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly made a tough decision on Tuesday afternoon.

He announced that Quarterback Tommy Rees and Linebacker Carlo Calabrese have both been suspended from the 2012 season opener.

Neither football player will travel with the Irish to the first game of the season in Ireland.

“Our players understand that it’s a privilege to be associated with the University of Notre Dame and its football program, but with that comes great responsibility,” Kelly said.

“Carlo and Tommy put themselves in a situation that when given a choice between two distinct paths. They responded with a set of poor decisions. This conduct was inconsistent with my expectations for our football program – especially our veteran, team leaders. Carlo and Tommy will not travel with the team to Ireland and can attempt to climb the depth chart following the conclusion of their respective suspensions," Kelly concluded.

This decision comes after Rees pleaded guilty to charges against him last week. They stem from incident at a house party on May 3. He pleaded guilty to illegal consumption alcohol by minor and resisting law enforcement.

Rees' next status hearing is scheduled for Aug. 20, at which time a judge will determine what restitution he will have to pay, if any. Teammate Carlo Calabrese will also appear in court on the same day. This will be for his initial hearing.

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