SOUTH BEND, Indiana (FOX19) - Just a day after the University of Notre Dame's win over Army, Notre Dame's head football coach Brian Kelly was questioned about a controversy involving a St. Mary's College student and a Notre Dame football player.
According to a Chicago Tribune story, 19-year-old Elizabeth Seeberg, a freshman at St. Mary's College who suffered short periods of depression, died after overdosing on prescription pills on September 10. The Tribune said that Seeberg told Notre Dame Police less than weeks before that she had been sexually assaulted by a Notre Dame football player. The player has not been identified because he has not been charged with a crime and is currently still on the Fighting Irish team.
Kelly responded to the incident by repeatedly saying that this was "a university matter" and the university would be handling it. Kelly did not say how the university would be handling the alleged incident.
The alleged incident happened on August 31 and at this time, Notre Dame officials have not publicly acknowledged the incident.
Kelly was also asked about the list of commandment in the locker room including the treatment of women with respect. Kelly said that he had a daughter so the commandments were important to him.
According to the Tribune, school authorities did not tell the St. Joseph Police who were investigating her death about her reported sexual attack.
According to ESPN Chicago, the Seeberg family have hired former federal prosecutor Zachary Fardon to examine the allegations and Notre Dame's handling of the compliant made by Seeberg.
Kelly said, when asked why he did not suspend the player in question, that certain incidents are for the university to deal with and they have a process in place.