First the news: Former Notre Dame quarterback Demetrius Jones will not be released from his scholarship and will have to pay his way to Northern Illinois this year.
Now the comment: Although he announcement was made by athletic director Kevin White, everybody knows who was behind the decision, even if he says he wasn't.
Yes, we're talking about the big guy, Crewcut Charlie Weis, who likes to throw his weight around in an attempt to bully people. He had one last shot to show Jones who the boss is, and he used it.
The decision will cost Chicago native Jones $14,530, the amount for tuition and room and board at Northern Illinois. The cost to Weis, however, could be of the longer-term variety.
Writes Michael Rothstein of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette: "Notre Dame’s decision could lead to struggles in persuading future Chicago Public League recruits to attend the South Bend school.
" 'The coaches [of the CPL] are a tight-knit group so if one of them feels slighted, it could have an effect down the road,' Rivals.com recruiting analyst Jeremy Crabtree said. 'Notre Dame could say that it is our policy and how we do it with all our kids. … It’ll be all right but maybe will turn one or two guys off or some coaches off against them, it might. But it is left to be determined what will happen.' "
Thanks to Kevin of We Are Penn State.