What was commented on this site late last night has been reported in the South Bend Tribune: text. Tom Noie painted a pretty bleak picture in his article, mentioning "[McAlarney's future with the team] all changed, maybe forever, on Monday. "
First let me applaud ResLife for this difficult decision. No matter your opinion on marijuana use, the difference between DUI and drug possession, and the Administration in general, the McAlarney's dismissal from the University fell in line with normal procedure.
"11. Disciplinary Suspension — Separation from the University for at least one semester. The student is eligible to apply for readmission to Notre Dame. Readmission after suspension is not automatic; a suspended student must complete an application for readmission. Readmission must be cleared by the Office of Student Affairs, the suspended student’s academic department and the Office of Student Accounts."
Four out of five drug cases at ND result in a one semester suspension. Many students return to normal college life the next semester and move on. Of course, this policy is much stricter than most colleges nationwide, but Notre Dame holds its students to a higher standard.
Had this been a "normal" case, the punishment would have raised no eyebrows. Had he been a less integral part of the basketball team, few would bemoan Kyle's dismissal. He knew what he was doing, and must face the consequences.
Now what? I can confidently predict that Kyle McAlarney plays for Notre Dame next season. His desire to remain with the team after his indefinite suspension shows that the young man can take responsibility for his actions and wishes to be a Notre Dame graduate. Coach Brey's willingness to keep Kyle shows that he has enough confidence in the young man to move forward. The legal process will not be done for a year if he stays drug-free and his basketball career would be better served than if he sat out half a season to transfer.
No one wins in this situation, but if Kyle can make up the lost credits and return with his head held high, the situation can mend itself. As far as this season goes, the Irish have shown an ability to win games with Tory Jackson and I am sure will continue to do so as the young man gathers more confidence. Good luck to him and all the players tonight vs. St. John's.