Tommy Rees and Carlo Calabrese have been suspended for Notre Dame's season-opening contest against Navy in Dublin, coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday afternoon.
Both players were involved in an off-campus incident last May, with Rees recently pleading guilty to two misdemeanors. Calabrese was initially charged with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor.
"Our players understand that its a privilege to be associated with the University of Notre Dame and its football program, but with that comes great responsibility, Kelly said in a statement. "Carlo and Tommy put themselves in a situation that when given a choice between two distinct paths, they responded with a set of poor decisions. This conduct was inconsistent with my expectations for our football program especially our veteran, team leaders.
"Carlo and Tommy will not travel with the team to Ireland and can attempt to climb the depth chart following the conclusion of their respective suspensions."
That last sentence from Kelly may be bad news for Rees, who was expected to compete with Andrew Hendrix, Everett Golson and Gunner Kiel in the pre-season for the starting quarterback role he held for all but one game last season. Rees took over the No. 1 quarterback job after Notre Dame's season-opening loss to South Florida last September, and held that role through the end of the year.