Notre Dame: Jones May Go, Not to Illinois

School releases QB from scholarship, but restricts his destination
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 21, 2007 4:42 AM CDT
Notre Dame quarterback Demetrius Jones runs a drill at the beginning of practice Monday, Aug. 6, 2007 in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/Joe Raymond)   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Notre Dame announced yesterday that it will release quarterback Demetrius Jones from his scholarship, but only if he transfers to a school not on Notre Dame's "immediate future football schedules," reports AP. The school had previously refused to release Jones, who was dropped from his starting position and failed to board the team bus before last week's loss in Michigan.

Jones has already enrolled at Northern Illinois, but Notre Dame's athletic director announced that the Huskies would not be on the list of acceptable schools for Jones. The schools that will appear on that list have "not been finalized at this point." Jones could still play at Northern Illinois, but would have to pay his own way this year.