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Men’s Basketball: McAlarney could expunge drug charges by entering program

Bob Griffin | Thursday, January 18, 2007

Weeks following Notre Dame guard Kyle McAlarney’s arrest on marijuana possession charges, questions concerning legal ramifications and the sophomore’s future with the team and the University are slowly being answered.

McAlarney will enter the St. Josesph’s County pretrial diversion program – not uncommon for related incidents regarding underage drinking and drug possession – which will potentially allow him to have the charges expunged from his record.

McAlarney must undergo multiple drug tests and avoid further arrests for 12 months in order for the charges to be dropped. He is also responsible for paying mandatory fees to the court.

McAlarney was arrested in the early hours of Dec. 29 after being pulled over in a routine traffic stop. The officer reported that McAlarney was driving erratically, and found a burnt blunt in the guard’s car – which McAlarney admitted was his.

The University, as of Wednesday evening, has not made a decision regarding his disciplinary punishment. Related offenses are grounds for suspension or expulsion, as dictated by Du Lac, Notre Dame’s official handbook.

He is expected to appear before Residence Life and Housing in the coming days now that school is back in session. Irish coach Mike Brey suspended McAlarney indefinitely following the offense and the guard has missed the previous six games, including Notre Dame’s loss at Villanova Wednesday.

McAlarney, despite being suspended, is still practicing and traveling with the Irish.