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Notre Dame Football: Former Irish RB Deon McIntosh Headed to “Last Chance U”

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Netflix docu series may have left Scooba, but former Irish running back will be lacing up for Buddy Stephens there next fall.

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On Monday, Brian Kelly said he hadn’t closed the door on running back Deon McIntosh’s return to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team.

On Tuesday, the running back took the initiative to close it himself.

McIntosh, a near 5-foot-11, 183 pound back, is headed to Scooba to join the East Mississippi Community College Lions.

The program is familiar to anyone whose watched the first two seasons of Netflix’s “Last Chance U,” which shadowed the Lions and their legendary-coach-with-a-trigger-quick-temper, Buddy Stephens. The football team has won four National Junior College Athletic Association under Stephens, who has built his program around Division I athletes who have fallen from grace.

McIntosh, dismissed from the Irish right before the Citrus Bowl, hopes to rehabilitate his image in Scooba just as Chad Kelly, John Franklin III and DeAndre Johnson have done before him.

The Pompano Beach, Fla. product redshirted his freshman year at Notre Dame and then seemed hopelessly buried on the backfield depth chart entering his sophomore season. But a combination of injuries and blowouts helped him get on the field for the games against the Boston College Eagles, Michigan State Spartans, North Carolina Tar Heels, USC Trojans, N.C. State Wolfpack, Wake Forest Demon Deacons and Miami Hurricanes.

Despite not playing in five of the team’s 13 games, McIntosh finished third on the team in carries (65), third in rushing yards (368) and third in touchdowns scored (5). His biggest game was a 12 carry, 124 yard, two touchdown performance against the Tar Heels in a 33-10 Irish victory Oct. 7.

Netflix moved its “Last Chance U” to a different community college for season three, which premieres in July. Will it return to Scooba in time for McIntosh’s possible star turn? We sure hope so, although nothing has been announced by the streaming service.

McIntosh’s departure does not affect the Irish’s scholarship crunch. He and fellow running back C.J. Holmes, also dismissed from the team, are not counted against the Irish’s 86 present scholarships. The program needs to reduce their scholarship number by one before the season starts.

Holmes tweeted his praise of McIntosh when the news was announced Tuesday.