Te'von Coney arrest update: Notre Dame's star linebacker is set to stand trial two years after a marijuana charge. Coney was one of five Notre Dame players that was arrested back in August 2016. Now, he will be on trial on August 1, in Fulton County, Indiana.
Coney was in a group that included teammates Max Redfield, Kevin Stepherson Jr., Dexter Williams, and Ashton White. All have seen their careers go in various different directions since the incident. Coney has emerged as a stand-out for the Fighting Irish.
He and Stepherson, Williams, and White all faced marijuana possession charges. Redfield was also charged with possession of an unregistered handgun, and was dismissed from the program. He would up finishing his career at Division II Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
After the Te'Von Coney arrest, he was set for probation as a first time offender.
The legal process has taken some twists and turns over the last few months, however. From the News-Sentinel:
Last October, Coney, a first-time offender, was ordered to probation for a drug screen but in December the court rejected a plea and a sentencing hearing was canceled.
A change of plea hearing was conducted in March, but on April 30, Coney asked to withdraw a plea agreement “based on the results of the testing in April of 2018,” according to the joint motion filed and was scheduled for the Aug. 1 bench trial. The court records do not specify what those results were.
Coney emerged as a star for Notre Dame last season. He led the team with 116 total tackles, up from the 62 he recorded as a sophomore.
He also notched three sacks and a forced fumble. He was all over the field in Notre Dame's Citrus Bowl win over LSU, recording 17 tackles, his fifth double-digit outing of the year.
Defensive coordinator Clark Lea, who coached Coney and the ND linebackers last season, raved about his improvement this spring. He was a full contributor in spring ball.
“He has had a different level of attention to detail,” second-year linebackers coach and now-defensive coordinator Clark Lea said April 18th of Coney’s work this spring. “Maybe playing one position helps with that. We were spread thin in the fall. But he’s really worked to improve himself as a player every day.
“I have not sensed one ounce of holding back or cruising to the finish here. As a coach, it is all that you can ask for, really.”
As a first-time offender with a low-level charge, Coney will hopefully be available after a quick trial in August. Notre Dame opens its season at home against Michigan on September 1.