Yeatman suspended from practice, football activities for rest of season

Updated: October 15, 2008, 2:05 PM ET
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Notre Dame tight end Will Yeatman, who was arrested at a house party Sept. 21 along with 36 other Notre Dame students, has been suspended for the season, according to Yeatman's father, Dennis Yeatman.

The school's Office of Residence Life made the decision, which bans Yeatman from all football-related activities, practice and any bowl game.

The South Bend Tribune first reported the story.

"You can say William Yeatman is a sad kid," Bonnie Yeatman, Will's mother, said early Wednesday, according to the Chicago Tribune. "That's the truth."

Because of the Sept. 21 arrest, Will Yeatman faces up to 180 days in jail for violation of the terms of a previous case, in which he pleaded guilty in February to misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated and reckless driving.

The plea was part of a deferred sentencing agreement made with St. Joseph County prosecutors, who dropped a third charge of criminal recklessness. The sophomore, who also plays lacrosse at Notre Dame, had been arrested and charged Jan. 28 after he drove his car on a campus sidewalk.

Under the one-year agreement, the drunken driving charge would have been dismissed if Yeatman did not commit any crimes during that time.

But Yeatman was arrested and charged Sept. 21 with minor consumption of alcohol, resisting arrest and false informing after police raided the house. The last two charges have since been dropped.

Yeatman was not on the field during media availability Tuesday, and a team spokesman told the Tribune that Yeatman was unable to attend practice because of a conflict.

Coach Charlie Weis was not available to comment, what with the Fighting Irish (4-2) on a bye week, and he is not scheduled to speak to the media again until Tuesday.

Dennis Yeatman told the Tribune he believed the football suspension was "disproportionate" for the charges, but added that there has been no talk of trying to transfer from Notre Dame.

"Will had a .02 [blood-alcohol content at the party]," Dennis Yeatman said, according to the Tribune. "The other charges were dropped. There's never been a police report filed. And Will is an exceptionally good kid, admired by everybody, gets along with everybody. He's being suspended for a .02 BAC. After all he's been through, it appears to be a disproportionate penalty for college student."

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