Notre Dame Football Commentary: Kevin Stepherson Needs To Go But Needs Notre Dame

SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 24: Kevin Stepherson
SOUTH BEND, IN - SEPTEMBER 24: Kevin Stepherson /

Notre Dame Sophomore Wide Receiver Kevin Stepherson was arrested twice in two days, his third overall arrest.

Kevin Stepherson needs to leave the Notre Dame football program immediately. After his third arrest, the Sophomore leaves the football program is left with no choice but to dismiss him. However, a departure from South Bend is probably the absolute worst thing for Stepherson.

Stepherson arrived from Jacksonville, Florida in the summer of 2016. Despite his relatively low recruiting rankings, he received offers from several big-time schools. Shortly after arriving at Notre Dame, police arrested Stepherson and five other Notre Dame players for marijuana and guns.

Despite his arrest, Brian Kelly allowed Stepherson to play during his Freshman season. A successful season followed. Stepherson caught 25 passes for 462 yards with 5 touchdowns.

With a great Freshman year under his belt, Stepherson appeared poised to become one of Notre Dame’s top targets. However, he began 2017 on the bench, serving a four-game suspension. Stepherson stuck with the program. When he finally landed on the field in 2017, he appeared to finally turn the corner.

However, last week, the Irish Wide Receiver fell under arrest not once but twice. First, on Thursday, police popped Stepherson for speeding, driving without a valid license, and marijuana possession. The cop clocked Stepherson at 80 mph in a 60 mph limit zone.

On Friday, Stepherson and Freshman Running Back CJ Holmes shoplifted from the Macy’s at University Park Mall in Mishawaka.

Two arrests in two days certainly equal a dismissal from the University. But, leaving Notre Dame might destroy Stepherson’s life.

It is important to remember that Stepherson’s decisions are causing his downfall. Notre Dame needs to uphold a standard of excellence on and off the field.

But, clearly, Stepherson needs personal reform. Only a place like Notre Dame possesses the ability to change someone’s life drastically.

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Unfortunately, Stepherson leaves Notre Dame and Brian Kelly no choice but dismissal. Stepherson desperately needs help. However, it is unlikely that Notre Dame will supply it.