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Thrown for a loss

So it looks as if Police Blotter season has kicked off in college football.

I say that because of what happened in South Bend early this morning, where Notre Dame's presumptive starting quarterback, Tommy Rees, pretty much hit for the knucklehead cycle. Not only did he get nabbed for public intoxication, he's underage (19) and allegedly slugged a cop trying to get away.

That got him checked into the gray-bar hotel for the night.

Two things about that:

1. This is one way to sort out ND's quarterback competition.

2. Or not, if Notre Dame decides to invoke the Michael Floyd Rule -- i.e., suspend him for the summer, hold him to a series of requirements that will never be fully explained publicly, and then welcome him back into the program's good graces just in time for the season opener.

One problem: With four QBs vying for the starting job, Rees is a lot more expendable than Floyd was. Stinks for him.

Not to be, you know, cynical or anything.

Ben Smith's blog.