Found August 26, 2012 on Crystal Ball Run:
Notre Dame will fly across the Atlantic Ocean for Saturday's season opener against rival Navy, but they will do so without one of their top offensive players. Senior running back Cierre Wood was suspended from the team for the first two games of the season as a result of violating team rules, head coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday. Junior defensive end Justin Utupo will also serve a two-game suspension for the same undisclosed reasons. “Our players are aware of the standards I set for our program and that failure to meet my expectations will result in consequences,” Kelly said. “Justin and Cierre violated our team rules so I’ve suspended them for the first two games of the season.” The two players will miss the opener against Navy and the week two match-up against in-state rival Purdue. For the Irish the offense takes a legitimate hit with the loss of a 1,000-yard rusher in Wood. Wood led the Irish ground game with 1,102 rushing yards and nine rushing touchdowns and average...
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