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Troubled former Notre Dame wide receiver won't play for Penguins this fall

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YSU coach Eric Wolford says that former Notre Dame and Austintown Fitch football player Will Mahone will not be on the roster, and will not play for the Penguins this season.

Mahone enrolled at Youngstown State University and is a walk-on member of the football program.  However, at his weekly  press briefing, coach Wolford said that although he believes that everyone deserves a second chance, Mahone is not eligible to play for the team this fall.

Mahone will be permitted to work out with the team as an outside linebacker. However, Coach Wolford said that Mahone would not be given a third chance.

Mahone left the University of Notre Dame after he was suspended from the Fighting Irish football team in June.   Mahone lost his spot on the squad after Austintown police charged him with disorderly conduct, assault on a police officer, resisting arrest, intimidation of a public servant and vandalism.

Police say Mahone shouted racial slurs and obscenities at officers responding to reports of a fight on Rita Avenue. When officers arrived, they say that Mahone was head butting and punching vehicles, as well as attempting to fight several individuals. The report says that Mahone was highly intoxicated.

Police say that after having difficulty handcuffing Mahone, he continued fighting them, and was stunned two times by officers. One officer says Mahone butted him in the head. The report says that Mahone repeatedly threatened the lives of the officers.

In July, Mahone was convicted of assault, aggravated menacing, vandalism, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct. He had already spent two days in jail when he was arrested, and was sentenced to eight more days behind bars.

The 2012 Austintown graduate played both football and basketball for Fitch. He earned second-team 2011 Division I all-Ohio honors from Associated Press as linebacker, helping Fitch reach a 6-4 mark in 2011 after a 10-2 season in 2010, while playing as both running back and linebacker.

Mahone was captain of the football team as a senior in 2011, where he rushed 81 times as a senior for 700 yards and nine touchdowns, despite missing about half of senior season with ankle injury.

Mahone played basketball for Fitch as a standout three-point shooter, and was named co-MVP of the team following his senior season.

Mahone didn't see any action as a freshman in the 2012 Notre Dame season, but played in the Purdue and Michigan State games in 2012 as a sophomore.
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