Kevin Stepherson, whose off-field troubles led to his dismissal from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team, has resurfaced at Jacksonville State.
Stepherson caught 19 passes for 359 yards for the Irish in 2017, his final season in South Bend. He also demonstrated his speed and versatility by rushing five times for 76 yards.
The Jacksonville, Fla. native was an early enrollee in the Irish’s 2016 class, but he ran afoul of the law for the first time that summer when four Notre Dame players were stopped by police in Fulton County and charged with possession of marijuana.
Stepherson received a one-year conditional discharge in June 2017, which meant he could have had the misdemeanor offense expunged if he did not break any further laws.
However, the junior-to-be was charged with marijuana possession again in December 2017 and then, in a separate incident the following day, charged with misdemeanor-level conversion for shoplifting a pair of $59 Nautica sweatpants from the Macy’s at the University Park Mall, Mishawaka.
Stepherson was charged for a third time with marijuana possession in January 2018 in Whitley County.
Stepherson was sentenced to 180 days in Fulton County Jail for violating probation on the original marijuana possession charge, 30 days in St. Joseph County Jail for the guilty plea to shoplifting and 60 days in the Whitley County Jail for the third marijuana charge.
The marijuana possession charge from December 2017, which also includes a speeding charge and driving without a valid license, is still pending, according to the Indiana Court’s public information website.
The Jacksonville State Gamecocks — who play in Jacksonville, Ala. — are a Football Championship Subdivision-level team that play in the Ohio Valley Conference.
As The Athletic’s Pete Sampson noted, there was already Notre Dame-Jacksonville State connection before Stepherson’s arrival.
J.R. Sandlin, who was a recruiting analyst for the 2013 Irish team, is the Gamecock’s senior executive head coach, tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator.
Best of luck to K.J. in his next endeavor!