SOUTH BEND, Ind. -- Matt Carufel, who started three games at
right guard for Notre Dame, has decided to withdraw from school
after losing the starting job.
"I spoke with Matt Carufel Sunday evening and he informed me
that he was going to leave the team and withdraw from the
University of Notre Dame," coach Charlie Weis said. "I appreciate
all Matt has done for Notre Dame and wish him nothing but the
The 6-foot-5, 295-pound sophomore from Forest Lake, Minn., had
started three games after Dan Wenger was injured against Michigan,
but lost the job to Eric Olsen last week. Carufel missed practice
and was not at the Boston College game on Saturday.
Carufel is the fourth sophomore to leave the program since
April. Quarterback Zach Frazer transferred to Connecticut after he
was demoted to fourth string in the spring.
Quarterback Demetrius Jones, who started the season-opener
against Georgia Tech, lost his starting job and left the team the
week of the Michigan game Sept. 15 and transferred to Cincinnati.
Konrad Reuland, listed as the third-string tight end, left the team
Sophomore guard Chris Stewart left the team for several days
earlier this season before returning.