Reports: Notre Dame’s Ragone arrested

According to multiple reports, Notre Dame tight end Mike Ragone was arrested and charged with misdemeanor possession over the weekend following a traffic stop.

While traveling with a female friend on Saturday morning, Ragone was pulled over by police for allegedly driving 83 mph in a 70 mph zone. After state trooper Tony Lomonaco smelled marijuana during the stop, two bags of marijuana were found in the friend’s purse.

The 22-year-old player and his 21-year-old friend were charged with misdemeanor possession because the pot found amounted to less than 30 grams.

Fighting Irish director of football media relations Brian Hardin confirmed the arrest to reporters.

“Coach [Brian] Kelly is aware of the situation and feels it is a serious matter,” Hardin said. “He has spoken with Mike, but any team-related action that may be forthcoming would be handled internally.”

After missing the entire 2008 season with a torn left ACL, Ragone started six games last season and caught six passes for 60 yards. He had an impressive performance during the team’s Blue-Gold game on April 24 and was expected to be a key backup to Kyle Rudolph during his senior season. Because he missed the ’08 season he does have one more year of eligibility in 2011 if he decides to return.

Notre Dame’s Office of Residence Life will be in charge of deciding Ragone’s fate, much like it was when it suspended former basketball player Kyle McAlarney during the 2007-08 season when he was arrested for marijuana possession. It will be interesting to see how this case is treated, however, as the pot was found in the girl’s purse and not on Ragone.

Former walk-on Bobby Burger is the only other Fighting Irish tight end with meaningful playing experience on the roster.

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