Wednesday is a (very) busy day in the college football world but, for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, the news wasn’t all centered on recruiting and it wasn’t all positive. Michael Bertsch, the program’s Director of Football Media Relations, brought word from head coach Brian Kelly that two players are “suspended indefinitely” with the following statement:
“University of Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly announced Wednesday that sophomore wide receiver Kevin Stepherson and freshman running back C.J. Holmes have each been suspended indefinitely from all football related activities.”
WNDU 16 in South Bend reports that Stepherson and Holmes were arrested on Friday for shoplifting, seemingly prompting this internal disciplinary action. Beyond that, the report brings details of the arrests, saying that Stephenson “was picked up walking out of (Macy’s at the UP Mall in Mishawaka) wearing an allegedly stolen $59 pair of Nautica sweatpants” while also noting that “Holmes had a $79 NorthFace coat.”
In the past, Stephenson has been in some hot water in South Bend and, while the report notes that it was never announced, there has been a rumored four-game suspension previously for “violation of team rules.” Even without that reported hiccup, though, the shoplifting charge is likely enough to produce the immediate suspension and fallout will be interesting in the future.