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When Tommy Rees was arrested at an off-campus party during the first week of May, he automatically relinquished his starting job. It was the straw that broke the camel's back, if you will.
Yet Rees' time as the Irish's starting quarterback was coming to a close, even before his arrest.
Rees' one-game suspension for his run-in with the law forced head coach Brian Kelly to name Everett Golson as his Week 1 starting quarterback, placing Rees in quite a precarious position.
Once Rees returns for Notre Dame's home opener against Purdue, will he take a single meaningful snap? My guess is yes. Kelly has shown that he has a short leash for his quarterbacks. At the first major mistake from Golson, Rees will be inserted in his place.
That assumption will certainly be met with vitriol from Irish fans, and rightfully so. Kelly chose Golson as his starter and did not mention Rees' name in doing so. He needs to stick with one quarterback this season in order to regain credibility.
In a perfect world, Rees would serve as an emergency backup, which suits the Lake Forest, Ill. native perfectly.