Lesar: Remember when all we had to worry about was QBs at Notre Dame?

Al Lesar
South Bend Tribune

Coming to a football stadium near you … Irish gone wild!!!

If bad news really does come in threes, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly got a double dose Saturday morning.

Six players, in two separate incidents, spent some time in the pokey Friday night. Give these guys two days off to catch their breath after a grueling camp and see what happens.

And we thought the quarterback time-share was big news.

A couple cases of young men not heeding common sense:

• Devin Butler: Nothing good happens after midnight.

• The Fulton County Five: U.S. 31 is one big speed trap. Never go faster than 66 mph.

Of course … having marijuana and a handgun, reportedly without a permit to carry it, in the car aren’t good ideas either. A car driven by backup cornerback Ashton White, with Max Redfield, Dexter Williams, Kevin Stepherson, Jr., and Te'von Coney aboard, purportedly zipping along at 73 and with a bad tail light, led to the aforementioned allegations.

But the lack of common sense is just one tentacle to a situation that, two weeks before the season opener, resembles an octopus.

It’s way too narrow-minded to fret about what this does to the starting lineup for Texas. That has to be a consideration, but just the tip of an iceberg.

What does this say about the current state of the Notre Dame football program?

Kelly can’t be everywhere. He can’t try to talk each of his players out of a potentially bad decision.

What he prides himself on, bursting a few buttons the first Wednesday of February each year, is landing a new crop of RKGs – Right Kind of Guys.

Saturday’s news shows that something has gone astray somewhere.

What’s concerning about the Fulton County arrests is the gun possession charge levied against Redfield, Williams and Stepherson, Jr.

Toryan Smith, a linebacker during the Charlie Weis era, tweeted shortly after the news broke: “Don’t beat up on the kids about that gun. When I was in school I was strapped too. Your head has to be on a swivel in South Bend.”

Really? Do Notre Dame football players fear for their lives once they step foot off the pristine campus?

Maybe it’s just the situations they put themselves in.

Re: Common sense.

How far will the impact of these two incidents reach? Other than what will likely be the absence of a few key players, will they still be factors Sept. 4 in Austin?

Are there enough positive characters on the roster to get the Irish through this?

The hangover from these cases of illegal behavior will provide Kelly and his staff an uphill challenge to try to get things right within the confines of his program. Tidy up the house in a hurry.

From the outside looking in, it’s difficult to discern whether these are isolated incidents or the manifestation of a bigger problem.

Remember when all we had to worry about was quarterbacks?

Fans fill the lower section of Notre Dame Stadium for the Notre Dame Blue-Gold Spring football game on Saturday, April 16, 2016, in South Bend. (Tribune Photo/ROBERT FRANKLIN)