Notre Dame Head Coach Brian Kelly speaks Friday to sports writers at Guglielmino Athletics Complex before the start of fall practice for the Fighting Irish football team.
(August 17, 2013)
Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly announcedSaturday that senior starting outside linebacker Danny Spond has told the team he is giving up football because of medical reasons.
Kelly said that the Spond family would release a statement about the decision.
The 6-foot-1, 248-pound Spond, who missed the first two games last season because of a migraine condition that caused him to spend three days in a hospital, was walking with a cane during Saturday's practice.
Kelly said that Spond will be a student coach and travel with the team this fall. Junior Ben Councell and heralded freshman Jaylon Smith will tag-team at the Spond's spot, Kelly said.
Spond, who played at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colo., registered 39 tackles and had an interception in helping ND to a 12-1 record and a spot in the BCS National Championship Game.