Notre Dame tight end Mike Ragone admitted that the marijuana found in a female companion's purse by an Indiana state trooper belonged to him, according to court documents.
Ragone, 21, and the 21-year-old woman were arrested Saturday morning on a misdemeanor charge of marijuana possession after the car Ragone was driving was stopped on the Indiana Toll Road for speeding.
Less than 30 grams of marijuana was found in the women's purse, and she said she hid the marijuana because Ragone thought the vehicle was going to be searched, according to an affidavit for probable cause from the LaGrange County Circuit/Superior Court.
Ragone waived his right to remain silent and stated the marijuana belonged to him and that he did knowingly possess the marijuana, according to the documents.
Ragone and the women face preliminary Class A misdemeanor charges of possession. The case has been turned over to the LaGrange County prosecutor and formal charges are expected to be filed today, according to the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney.
When Notre Dame director of football media relations Brian Hardin was contacted Tuesday with the information from the court documents, he said the university's statement on the matter had not changed from Monday.
"Coach (Brian) Kelly is aware of the situation and feels it is a serious matter," Hardin said Monday "He has spoken with Mike, but any team-related action that may be forthcoming would be handled internally."
The Notre Dame student handbook says, "Possession, use or misuse of any controlled substance, including, but not limited to, marijuana, cocaine, heroin, amphetamines and depressants, is a serious violation of university policy. Students who possess, use or misuse such substances shall be subject to disciplinary suspension or permanent dismissal."
Ragone's admission of possessing marijuana could factor into how Notre Dame decides to punish the 6-foot-4, 250-pound junior.
In December 2006, former Notre Dame basketball player Kyle McAlarney was traveling alone when he was arrested for possession after being stopped for a traffic violation. McAlarney was suspended for the 2007 spring semester, but he was allowed to apply for reinstatement that summer and was admitted back to Notre Dame.
In 2007, former Irish quarterback Demetrius Jones was stopped on the Indiana Toll Road in LaPorte County when it was reported that people in a car Jones was driving were throwing objects out the window. Jones was traveling with two other people.
Marijuana was found in the car, but the car's owner said the marijuana belonged to him, not Jones, and the case was dismissed. Jones was not suspended.