After an avalanche of negative publicity, Notre Dame decided to grant quarterback Demetrius Jones release from his scholarship, but strings appear to be attached to the deal.
Athletic director Kevin White released a statement, saying in part: "We are helping Demetrius compile a list of prospective schools that are not on our immediate future football schedules."
Although Northern Illinois, where Jones is enrolled, is not currently listed as a future opponent, the school is on the banned list, reports Michael Rothstein of the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.
Writes Rothstein: "A university source, though, told the Journal Gazette that Northern Illinois — where Jones is currently enrolled — will not be on the list of places Notre Dame will allow the Chicago native to be released to."
So does this suggest Jones might be jumping to another school? John Mullin of the Chicago Tribune raised that possibility, writing: "By enrolling as he did last week at Northern Illinois, which recruited him heavily and offered him a scholarship out of high school, Jones retains his three years of college eligibility. Those could play out at Northern Illinois, Ohio State, Louisville or any of the schools that have interest in Jones, just not a school that plays Notre Dame."
As for the Jones saga having an impact on Notre Dame's ability to recruit out of the talent-rich Chicago Public League, Crewcut Charlie Weis had a two-word answer: "Corwin Brown."
Brown, the Fighting Irish's defensive coordinator, was an all-state player at Julian, and his parents taught in the Chicago Public system.
That leaves us to ponder the question: Where does Notre Dame stand under the Weis era? Marc Blaudschun of the Boston Globe gives you the facts.