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Son of Joe Montana one of eight Irish players popped for underage imbibing

One of these days, those with the authority to do so will find a little bit of common sense and lower the absurdly-high drinking age.  Until then, we’ll continue to have stories such as these.

According to WNDU-TV in South Bend, eight members of the Notre Dame football program were among the 43 people arrested Friday night for underage drinking at what sounds like one hellacious party.

Nate Montana, 20-year-old son of Joe Montana and the backup to Dayne Crist at quarterback, was one of the eight-man Irish drinking team busted by the Indiana State Excise Police at a South Bend home.

The others arrested according to the television station were Lorenzo Wood, a cornerback and 2010 recruit; Chris Watt, a sophomore offensive guard; Robert Toma, a 2010 wide receiver recruit; Nicholas Tausch, a sophomore kicker; Ta-iler Jones (no relation), a 2010 wide receiver recruit; Steven Filer, a junior outside linebacker; and Tate Nichols, a 2010 recruit.

All eight were held overnight at the county jail until their blood alcohol level had dipped below legal levels, the station reported.

The university has yet to comment on the situation, but we believe we can hear new head coach Brian Kelly‘s blood boiling from here.

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  1. burntorangehorn says: Jul 17, 2010 12:25 PM

    This is an extremely minor offense, no pun intended, but of course Kelly can’t just let it slide. I don’t think there should be any problem with allowing college kids to drink alcohol within reason, but the law’s the law, and the school has to publicly condemn this action, or it sets a bad precedent.
    Underage drinking? Meh, go for a one- or two-game suspension at most.

  2. piratey says: Jul 17, 2010 12:50 PM

    @burntorangehorn
    Suspension? That would be crushing……
    Key players arrested:
    Nicholas Tausch: Our starting kicker
    Steven Filer: Our best OLB
    TJ Jones: Our rookie phenom that cracked the starting #3 WR post spring game.
    Chris Watt: The number 1 OG recruit in the country in 09 recruiting class. 5-star kid. Will see solid time this year.

  3. CYGNUS X-1 says: Jul 17, 2010 3:07 PM

    while drinking at a party does seem like a minor offense I wonder if you would say the same thing and be calling for lowering the drinking age if it happened at another school other than dame?

  4. funi says: Jul 17, 2010 4:24 PM

    Was Mike Golic’s son around? He got popped 2 summers ago!

  5. Tha Hamburger says: Jul 17, 2010 4:48 PM

    College students drink? UNFATHOMABLE!
    In other news, the sky is blue, Lindsay Lohan is a skank and Amy Winehouse looks like a can full of crushed assholes.

  6. roserm8 says: Jul 17, 2010 6:43 PM

    total non-story… i don’t like notre dame, but none of these kids should be suspended.

  7. John Taylor says: Jul 17, 2010 6:51 PM

    @ CYGNUS X-1: You haven’t been around these parts very long, have you?

  8. jimmy_b says: Jul 17, 2010 7:26 PM

    It’s only newsworthy because football players are allowed.
    None of these players should be suspended; but some form of punishment will need to be handed out. It will be interesting to see how Kelley handled it.

  9. burntorangehorn says: Jul 17, 2010 8:14 PM

    Cygnus–I’d definitely be calling for them to lower the drinking age, yes. I think alcohol and pot should both be legal for college-aged kids. I’d put them both at 17, in fact, because I’m a firm believer that if age determines the level of responsibility required to make good decisions about drugs (including alcohol), then the age should be the same for both drugs/alcohol as it is for serving in the military. For crying out loud, I had a seventeen-year-old girl in my basic training unit who was legally allowed to fire live ammunition and all that, but not legally allowed to smoke cigarettes. It’s bull.

  10. John Taylor says: Jul 17, 2010 8:46 PM

    burntorangehorn is officially one of my most favorite commenters on this site.

  11. burntorangehorn says: Jul 17, 2010 9:01 PM

    That’s like the kiss of death, isn’t it John?

  12. John Taylor says: Jul 17, 2010 9:08 PM

    burntorangehorn: I’ll be proud to deal with those repercussions.

  13. overratedgators says: Jul 18, 2010 1:47 AM

    Hamburger: “Amy Winehouse looks like a can full of crushed assholes.”
    Brilliant.

  14. WingT says: Jul 18, 2010 7:45 AM

    It’s interesting how some posters on all these threads will try and and excuse a situation by saying the “LAW” is f*&%ed up. And then the Editor of this board jumps in to support him – pathetic .
    Bottom line – The Notre Dame players BROKE the law – albeit a bad law, but still BROKE the law.
    It’s a statement about character and lack of discipline when these things happen.
    On some teams we see a pattern of “lack of team discipline”, which is a direct reflection on the head coach and his staff.

  15. antipft says: Jul 18, 2010 8:01 AM

    Colleges must try to curtail it. Besides the occasional death from something stupid, like falling off a balcony, the fewer kids that binge drink the fewer life long problem drinkers. The longer you wait to start drinking the less likely you are to have a long term problem. The impact on their season is irrelevant.

  16. Pier588 says: Jul 18, 2010 9:28 AM

    Burnt… great comments.
    An 18 year old is old enough to die for their country and vote but can’t take a legal drink?? WTF???
    And the kicker – the KNOWN killer – tobacco with absolutely zero human value – except lining the coffers of tobacco companies -and will cause cancer – remains for sale just about every where (because they have a strong lobby).
    How many more generations will it take to make a change? Kids have regularly been getting puking drunk and stoned at college for eons. This group at Noter Dame wasn’t doing anything that wasn’t going on at every other college in the country on a Friday night (Saturday too).
    This wake up call is long over due.

  17. brasho says: Jul 18, 2010 10:27 AM

    The drinking age should be lowered? Really?!? Just because 90% of the rest of world allows their children to drink, I suppose that means we should? Should we also start slamming Americans like most other countries, quit wearing deodorant and having our women shave their legs, dump football and baseball and adopt soccer as our national sport because that’s what other countries do?
    Nice bandwagon rationale… I really expected more intelligence from you, Taylor. We lower the drinking age to 18 and the next thing we know high school seniors will be stopping by ABC on the way to school to supply the school with booze… oh no, that would never happen… the young people have provcn that they only make good decisions in this country where they’ve never been expected to think for themselves or face consequences… what irresponsible journalism to express your short-sighted opinion on something that is clearly beyond your grasp of intellect in a freaking football article.

  18. booska says: Jul 18, 2010 2:10 PM

    Hey Brasho the drinking age should be lowered to 18. Because you put more adults in the situation. As it stands right now these kids throw these huge underage drink fests. Its really unsafe, you should learn to drink responsibly around adults whether it be your parents at the age of 18 or in a bar where people are not drinking till they pass out. Its horrible to waste tax payers funded police officers time. Did you not drink till you were 21?

  19. WetHog says: Jul 18, 2010 6:39 PM

    Mike Golic’s kid got popped for the same thing and remained on the team. The name Montana has a little more pull than Golic at Notre Dame so the kid will be fine. lol

  20. MyTwoCents says: Jul 18, 2010 9:41 PM

    Before you all go trivializing the issue and the crime. Perhaps you should go back a few months to the day when an underage recruit DIED while intoxicated at a party. He got drunk and fell off the balcony. Do you really think lowering the drinking age is what’s needed? Do you really think the legal drinking age is “absurdly high”. Tell it to the parents of Matt James. Get a clue.

  21. ndl83 says: Jul 19, 2010 8:48 AM

    As an ND grad, this should NOT get swept under the rug…rules are rules and if FB players @ ND don’t follow them, they shouldn’t play…ND is not like every other CFB program! You can bet if it happened at the Naval Academy or West Point, they’d be kicked out of school, not just suspended. Don’t make ND into the U$C of tomorrow.

  22. booska says: Jul 19, 2010 9:12 AM

    I totally get where you are coming from get a clue. Young people drinking is dangerous. But my point is the law doesn’t keep these kids from drinking and what happens is you have these big underage drink fests where real adults are not present. If you lower the drinking age you put adults back into the situation. Those kids would be in a bar where a bartender would say no more, give me your keys, or a adult friend(more likely to be in that situation) might say slow it down. The law isolates them into drinking around a bunch of other 18 and 19 year old’s at these “Underage Drink Fests” and that’s dangerous and that is dangerous.

  23. SoFlaTrojan says: Jul 19, 2010 9:17 AM

    Ok so first Dad starts pimping Shape Ups and now junior is busted for underage drinking.
    Its been a tough year for the Montana family.

  24. Cornerdenizen says: Jul 19, 2010 9:32 AM

    ndl83:
    I agree with and applaud your desire to hold your program to a higher standard. Its a lofty goal and one that all programs should aspire to. But the truth is ND is EXACTLY like every other program and they always have been. During those dominant years–’88-’90, they were just as bad as every program out there. They terrorized women on campus and raised hell all over town. But they were so good and so visible that no one took them to task for anything they did.

  25. .fanball58 says: Jul 19, 2010 4:49 PM

    brassho (the teetotaler)
    “The drinking age should be lowered? Really?!? Just because 90% of the rest of world allows their children to drink, I suppose that means we should?”
    Why not? They’re old enough to die for their country and vote. Those 2 categories alone are enough to lower the drinking age – in my opinion. The rest of the world is way ahead of the US in the way they think regarding this matter.
    “Should we also start slamming Americans like most other countries, quit wearing deodorant and having our women shave their legs, dump football and baseball and adopt soccer as our national sport because that’s what other countries do?”
    WTF???? See previous comment. You went all the way to outer space with that lame take.
    “Nice bandwagon rationale… I really expected more intelligence from you, Taylor.”
    And more intelligence should be exercised by yourself – brassho. 18 year old kids can go to the other side of the world to take care of U.S. interests with the possibility they may die in the process but these same 18 year olds can’t buy a legal drink in the country they are defending??? That’s ludicrous!!!
    ” We lower the drinking age to 18 and the next thing we know high school seniors will be stopping by ABC on the way to school to supply the school with booze…”
    Thanks – brassho – for your Nancy Grace sensationalism spin on this issue. Now get real, how many times do you read about this very thing happening in those countries you were dogging up above??? You don’t – get over your self-righteous self already. You sound just like the teetotaler you probably are.
    “what irresponsible journalism to express your short-sighted opinion on something that is clearly beyond your grasp of intellect in a freaking football article.”
    The same can be said for your own narrow minded, force my view down your throat, short sighted opinion on this article in a football blog. It’s apparent this issue is way beyond the grasp of your tiny, narrow mind.
    “Kids have regularly been getting puking drunk and stoned at colleges for eons. This group at Noter Dame wasn’t doing anything that wasn’t going on at every other college in the country on a Friday night (Saturday too).” Whether you like it or not – brassho – that isn’t going to change. The drinking age needs to be lowered – period.

  26. xnavy12347 says: Oct 19, 2010 2:58 AM

    burntorangehorn I have to agree with you. The rest of you are ignorant the reason I say this is because if I can go to Iraq or Afghanastan to fight for you at 18 then why can’t I have a beer?
    You know some of the Women and men who are coming home in body bags never had a chance to taste alchol before they passed away in combat zone do you all think that is fair?
    I know MADD thinks it is great to stop people from drinking but lets remember history repeats itself in the 20’s america tried to stop drinking in America and that did not work. Also I remember before my time we had this 21 drinking age in some states. If our military personnel that are 18 were smart to not sign up unless the law changed what do you think would happen to the law?
    So you people really need to think about lower the drinking age because of the military men and women who fight for you really do need that drink to forget what they are doing to protect you trust me. War is hell and we do need to forget well we kill people afterwards.

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