Demetrius Jones, the starting quarterback in the Fighting Irish's first game this season, did not join his teammates as they travelled to the University of Michigan, allegedly because he plans on leaving Notre Dame and transferring elsewhere.
"At 2:30 p.m. today [Friday], while boarding the bus to Michigan, I was notified that Demetrius Jones had decided not to make the trip," said Head Coach Charlie Weis. "I have not spoken to Demetrius and can only say that he missed the team bus. Any additional comment would be without all the facts." Meanwhile, LaShaun Dumas, Demetrius' mother said as of late Friday that she had not yet spoken to her son adding, "I can guess why [he didn't show], but I have nothing concrete."
Various football blogs have Jones belting for Northwestern, Northern Illinois or Tennessee, but all seem to agree he has played his last down for Notre Dame. Of course, until an official statement is made, Irish fans will hold out hope, but either way, it is a sad turn of events for the once-confident Chicago kid who changed his jersey number to #3 to emulate former Irish Hall of Famer quarterback Joe Montana, only to be demoted then dejected after an Irish career that to this point spans two quarters in which Jones made two costly fumbles.
But the reality is that many a star's career started rocky, and the fact that Jones decided to leave the team on the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross, abandoning them for Notre Dame's game on the Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, shows that Jones, born-again Christian that he is, found, like many others, that without Our Lady, the Cross was just too heavy. Jones left Our Lord (and the team) hanging, just as most of His disciples did some 2,000 years ago. And whether his new university is religious or secular, Demetrius will discover his decision to leave Notre Dame when a game was on the line will not inspire their confidence either.