ND Coach Brian Kelly disappointed, embarrassed, angered by players’ arrests

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Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly leads his players onto the field prior to the Fiesta Bowl NCAA College football game against Ohio State , Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says his first reaction to six players being arrested over the weekend was disappointment.

Kelly says he reacted like any father would, saying after feeling disappointment he then felt embarrassment. He says then he was “mad as hell.”

Five players were charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession after being stopped for allegedly speeding in Fulton County, about 40 miles south of South Bend. Three face an additional misdemeanor charge of possession of an unlicensed handgun

In a separate incident, cornerback Devin Butler was accused of tackling a police officer and punching him during an altercation outside a bar near campus. Butler had been suspended indefinitely from the team. Kelly kicked starting safety Max Refield off the team.

Kelly said Wednesday the other four players are practicing with the team and will be available to play in the opener against Texas unless the university takes action.

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