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Notre Dame dismisses starting safety, suspends cornerback after weekend arrests

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday that he had dismissed starting safety Max Redfield and suspended cornerback Devin Butler indefinitely after both were arrested in separate incidents in Indiana over the weekend.

Redfield was a two-year starter who was fourth on the team in tackles last season. He also faces an additional charge for possession of a handgun without a license.

Four other four players arrested with Redfield on misdemeanor possession of marijuana will be disciplined internally, Kelly announced. University officials could impose more penalties on top of what the athletic department decides.

In a separate incident, Butler was arrested during a bar fight between two women. According to police, Butler was asked to move back and the player “shouted profanities at the officers and starting swinging his fist.” One officer was taken to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries, including a sore wrist.

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Kelly issued a strongly worded statement on Sunday.

“There are times when a player’s conduct fails to meet the standards I have set for our football team that it is appropriate to take action independent of any decision that might be made by the Office of Community Standards,” Kelly said. “This is such an instance.”

From a football perspective, Kelly’s decision will hurt the Irish secondary. With Redfield now gone, freshman Devin Studstill is projected to start. His backup is also a freshman. Butler was still rehabilitating a broken foot injury suffered in June. He was not expected to play until October.

No. 10 Notre Dame opens the season against Texas on Sept. 4.

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Former college football star, wife killed by son, police say

Former Texas A&M star Antonio Armstrong and his wife, Dawn, are dead after a shooting Friday morning in their home in Houston.

KTRK reported Saturday that the couple’s 16-year-old son has been charged with capital murder. The son is believed to have called 911 after the shooting. He is not being named due to his age.

The wife died at the scene, while Armstrong was taken to the hospital in critical condition, where he later died.

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According to KTRK, the couple was shot in their bedroom.

Armstrong was a fitness instructor, motivational speaker and associate pastor in Houston. The couple ran a gym in Bellaire and Armstrong maintained a YouTube channel called Strong Talk.

According to KTRK, no motive has been revealed. There was no signs of a struggle, according to police. Police and family members described the Armstrong family as "all-American."

The couple's daughter was home at the time of the shooting, but was unharmed.

Armstrong was an All-American in 1994. He played one season in the NFL with the Miami Dolphins.

The son is expected to make his first court appearance Monday.

Ohio State gets quarterback verbal commit via drone video

Ohio State may be used to elite quarterbacks committing to their program, but not in this fashion. 

Just remember Emory Jones as the one who committed via drone video. 

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The Heard County four-star prospect from Franklin, Georgia, is the No. 3 quarterback prospect in the nation for 2018, according to 247Sports.

For more on Jones’ commitment, check out Landof10.com’s story.

Unsealed court records claim Joe Paterno knew of Jerry Sandusky allegations in 1976

More claims are coming to light that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno knew about allegations that Jerry Sandusky sexually abused boys on the Penn State campus.

Court documents from 2014 unsealed Tuesday, show that a victim, called John Doe 150 said Sandusky inappropriately touched him when he was 14 years old in 1976, The Washington Post reported.

The man, who is now an adult, was attending a football camp at Penn State University when he said Sandusky touched him as he took a shower.

The victim said he spoke to Paterno about what happened and told him that Sandusky had sexually assaulted him. Doe said Paterno ignored it, court records showed.

>>Related: Over 200 Penn State football players demand return of Paterno statue

"Is it accurate that Coach Paterno quickly said to you, 'I don't want to hear about any of that kind of stuff, I have a football season to worry about'?" the attorney asked the victim during a 2014 hearing, The Washington Post reported.

The man replied: "Specifically. Yes ... I was shocked, disappointed, offended. I was insulted ... I said, 'Is that all you're going to do? You're not going to do anything else?'"

Doe 150 said that Paterno then walked away.

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The court records contain allegations from multiple victims who said they were assaulted over the 22 years before someone reported abuse concerns to law enforcement in 1998, The Washington Post reported.

The latest documents are being released because of a lawsuit between Penn State and its insurance company. The existence of the testimony was made public in May, but the details weren't released until Tuesday.

Penn State is trying to get reimbursed by the insurance company for the $93 million that it paid out in settlements to Sandusky's victims, The Washington Post reported.

Other allegations include, according to the Washington Post:

  • John Doe 75 testified that Sandusky had his hand down the boy's shorts in 1987 and it was witnessed by another assistant coach who did nothing.
  • John Doe 101 testified that Sandusky's questionable behavior around young boys who were not his children was well-known in the university's football program. John Doe 101 said a weight room assistant saw him lying on a couch in his underwear in 1988 and Sandusky seated on the floor nearby, rubbing the boy's back. 

>>Related: Insurance company: Joe Paterno was told of Sandusky abuse allegations in 1976

The family of Paterno, who died in 2012, fired back on Twitter, saying that the claims are only claims and there is no documentation supporting the allegations.

The family denied in a statement to the Post that there had been a cover-up.

Sandusky was convicted in 2012 and was sentenced to a minimum of 30 years in prison, The Washington Post reported. He was found guilty on 45 counts of sexually abusing 10 boys.

Read The Washington Post's story here.

Over 200 Penn State football players demand return of Paterno statue

Over 200 former Penn State football players are demanding a statue of former head coach Joe Paterno be returned to its place outside the stadium and that the school apologize to his widow.

The statue was taken down in 2012 due to the Jerry Sandusky scandal. Sandusky, Paterno's defensive coordinator for years, was convicted on dozens of counts of child sex abuse. 

Some of Paterno's players say the two-time national championship coach has been treated unfairly. Dozens of Penn State lettermen signed a letter to the school that said Paterno had been subject to "an underserved media frenzy."

Former Nittany Lions player Brian Masella told ESPN, "Joe Paterno has been cast in a negative light and we're trying to correct that narrative. The university has ignored us over and over again."

But several reports indicated Paterno knew what was going on. After the scandal broke, Penn State commissioned an investigation into how the school had dealt with the sexual abuse allegations. 

It found that Paterno and other administrators "repeatedly concealed critical facts, relating to Sandusky's child abuse, from the authorities, the board of trustees, Penn State community, and the public at large."

And a court filing from the school’s insurance company said Paterno was informed of abuse allegations in 1976. Sandusky's trial revealed many of the assaults occurred at Penn State facilities and continued until at least 2009.

The university issued a statement thanking players for the letter but didn't say it has any plans to restore the statue.

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Fans, players pay tribute to Pat Summitt, legendary Tennessee coach

Pat Summitt, the winningest coach in NCAA basketball history, died Tuesday. She was 64.

The legendary University of Tennessee women's basketball coach had been battling early-onset Alzheimer's since 2011.

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Celebration of Life service  honoring Summitt will be held July 14 at 7 p.m. at the Thompson -Boling Arene on the University of Tennessee campus.

Fans, players and other notable figures took to social media to pay tribute to Summitt. Click here or scroll down to see what they were saying.

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