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Joe Montana son arrested in South Bend for underage drinking

Joe Montana son arrested late last week for underage drinking at a South Bend house party. Montana's son is a member of the Fighting Irish football team.

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Legendary NFL quarterback Joe Montana helps introduce the new EA Sports Madden NFL 11 during a press briefing ahead of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles, California June 14. Montana's son Nate, who plays football at Notre Dame, was arrested late last week on underage drinking charges.

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The son of former Notre Dame standout Joe Montana was among 11 Fighting Irish athletes arrested on misdemeanor charges of underage drinking at a party Friday night.

A total of 44 people were arrested after city police responded to a call about a fight near a roadway and discovered the party, said St. Joseph County Police assistant chief Bill Redman.

Two non-athletes face a misdemeanor charge of providing alcohol to minors. The arrests were handled by state excise police, who didn't immediately return a message seeking comment on Saturday.

The most recognizable athletes arrested were Nate Montana, a walk-on who was the backup to starter Dayne Crist coming out of the spring, and Tim Abromaitis, the second leading scorer on the Irish basketball team at 16.1 points a game last season.

Montana spent last season as a backup at Pasadena City (Calif.) College. Several incoming freshmen are expected to compete with him for the No. 2 spot when practice begins next month.

The other athletes arrested were wide receivers Robby Toma and Tai-ler Jones, linebacker Steve Filer, kicker Nick Tausch, cornerback Lo Wood, and offensive linemen Chris Watt and Tate Nichols; incoming freshman point guard Eric Atkins; and incoming hockey goalie Steven Summerhays.

Most of those arrested had been released on $150 bond, Redman said. They are scheduled to make court appearances July 30.

If convicted, each faces a maximum sentence of 30 days in jail.

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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he was aware of the arrests and was gathering information.

"If there is any team-related discipline to be issued, it would be handled internally," he said.

Bernie Cafarelli, Notre Dame's sports information director, said basketball coach Mike Brey also would handle any punishment internally.

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