December 30, 2006

White: McAlarney won't play today

NEW ORLEANS, La.- Sophomore point guard Kyle McAlarney, who was arrested early Friday morning for possession of marijuana, will not play Saturday afternoon when Mike Brey's Irish take on Stony Brook at the Joyce Center.

"He's not going to play. End of story. That's all I know," said Notre Dame athletics director Dr. Kevin White from the Marriott New Orleans at the Convention Center when members of the Notre Dame football contingent arrived for interviews Saturday morning.

"I'm really prohibited from commenting. Those issues on our campus are student affairs issues and we're not involved in any direct way whatsoever."

McAlarney, who tossed in seven three-pointers Thursday evening in Notre Dame's 50-point victory over Rider, was pulled over in a vehicle-a 1996 Honda Accord-at 1:38 Friday morning. He was arrested under suspicion of marijuana possession, reckless possession and possession of paraphernalia-all misdemeanors.

According to the Notre Dame student handbook-du Lac-possession or use of illegal drugs (marijuana, cocaine, heroin, etc.) "shall be subject to disciplinary suspension or permanent dismissal."

McAlarney is averaging 10.3 points per game. He is expected to be replaced in the starting lineup by freshman Tory Jackson when the Irish entertain Stony Brook Saturday afternoon at 4 p.m.

White called McAlarney's arrest "potentially a civil situation, and it's also a student affairs situation."

"I know very little about that situation, probably not a heckuva lot more than you," White added. "That's all I know at this point. But he won't play today. That's all I'm prepared to say at this point."

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