Suspended Notre Dame cornerback avoids jail time

Suspended Notre Dame cornerback Devin Butler pleaded guilty to misdemeanor resisting law enforcement following an altercation with police outside a bar near campus. Butler, a senior, released a public letter of apology to one of the officers, Aaron Knepper. Under a plea agreement made public Monday, he will avoid jail time and complete 24 hours of community service. He’ll also pay $145 restitution for damage to Knepper’s clothing and equipment. 

Butler was accused of tackling and punching Knepper during the August altercation. Felony charges of resisting law enforcement and battery against a public safety official were reduced to the misdemeanor under the plea agreement. Butler has been placed on pretrial diversion for one year. 

Coach Brian Kelly suspended Butler indefinitely shortly after the arrest. Team spokesman Michael Bertsch said there was no change in Butler’s status with the team. 

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Oklahoma running back Samaje Perine will miss at least the next two games because of a pulled muscle in his left leg. 

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Oregon State quarterback Darell Garretson will miss the rest of the season because of an ankle injury. Garretson, who started the first six games for the Beavers, was injured in the second half Saturday in a 19-14 loss at home to Utah. Backup Conor Blount, who was on crutches following the loss to the Utes, is unavailable for Saturday’s game at No. 5 Washington. The nature of his injury was not known. Beavers Coach Gary Andersen said Marcus McMaryion would start at quarterback against the Huskies.

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