Brey waits to deal with arrested players
SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Notre Dame basketball coach Mike Brey will wait to deal with the arrests of Tim Abromaitis and Eric Atkins on charges of underage drinking.
"It's handled downtown. It's handled by Student Affairs and then the old coach will handle it," Brey said Tuesday during an offseason media availability with reporters.
Abromaitis, the Irish's second leading scorer last season, and Atkins, an incoming freshman, were among 44 people arrested Friday night after police responded to a call about a fight and discovered a party, authorities said.
Quarterback Nate Montana, the son of former Irish and NFL star Joe Montana, and seven other football players were among the 11 athletes arrested.
"We'll address it. I've been here 10 years and we've had young men put themselves in position to lose. We've had that talk. We talk about that as a team," Brey said.
"So we'll deal with it as it runs its course. ... A lot of sweating will be involved. That's the one thing I can say specifically and then we'll handle it from there."
Brey said Abromaitis, who averaged 16 points per game last season, and Atkins called to inform him of the situation.
"Your tone is, 'I'm very disappointed.' And now it's got to run its process," he said.
Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press
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