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Former Boyle County star Landen Bartleson arrested, dismissed from Notre Dame



Landen Bartleson, a former three-star prospect and Boyle County HS standout, has been dismissed from the Notre Dame football program following his arrest on Friday.

According to Danville police, Bartleson was one of three suspects arrested after breaking into a Boyle County gun store and stealing nine firearms. He is also being linked to a vehicle theft that reportedly occurred at Centre College around the same time.

Police have confirmed that Bartleson is facing charges of Burglary, 1st degree, Criminal Mischief, 1st degree, Receiving stolen property, and Unlawful transaction with a minor.

After reviewing the case, Notre Dame has announced that they are releasing the Danville, KY native from the Letter of Intent he signed on Dec. 18.

“After reviewing all of the facts available to us and speaking with the Bartleson family, we informed them that Landen will no longer be welcomed as a member of our football program,” Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said in a statement released by the school. “This incident is very much out of character for the man we have come to know and we wish Landen and his family well.”

Bartleson, listed as the No. 519 prospect nationally and No. 6 in-state recruit in the 247Sports Composite Rankings, signed with the Fighting Irish over offers from Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio State, and Louisville, among others, out of high school. This past season at Boyle County, the three-star recruit finished the year with 47 rushes for 402 yards and 12 touchdowns during his time on offense.

Now, instead of enrolling at Notre Dame this season, Bartleson’s football future is very much in question.

Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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16 Comments for Former Boyle County star Landen Bartleson arrested, dismissed from Notre Dame

  1. CatCall
    10:44 am January 26, 2020 Permalink

    The Ville calling in…. 3…2…

  2. The Original WTF Guy
    11:22 am January 26, 2020 Permalink

    Hard to be critical of ND for doing this, but I wonder what the response would have been if Bartleson was the #8 overall player in the country. Well, I don’t have to wonder. I know.

    • UKCatAttack
      12:51 pm January 26, 2020 Permalink

      I’m all for giving this young man a second chance. I hope he ends up at a good program and gets his life straightened out. I wouldn’t be angry if Stoops brought him in after a year in JUCO.

    • ClutchCargo
      1:53 pm January 26, 2020 Permalink

      I also hope he gets it together and becomes a better person, but I want no part of him coming to UK. The culture that Stoops has built here is worth a lot more than whatever he can do on the field.

  3. Cletis75
    11:28 am January 26, 2020 Permalink

    Hard to watch talented young men with bright futures throw it all away for ignorant sh!t. Whether it’s drugs, women ,or trying to impress another person, hopefully he can put this behind him and get back on track.

  4. The Big Lebowski
    11:54 am January 26, 2020 Permalink


  5. Irish son
    12:32 pm January 26, 2020 Permalink

    Sounds like he’s a real Einstein

  6. lowesironteam
    1:19 pm January 26, 2020 Permalink

    Notre Dame dropped Randy Moss also.

  7. Not Dan Issel
    1:55 pm January 26, 2020 Permalink

    Does Eddyville have a football team?

  8. Big Sexy
    2:01 pm January 26, 2020 Permalink

    You guys are acting as if he’ll be playing college football in the next year or two. There’s a very good chance he’ll be in prison.

    • Not Dan Issel
      2:13 pm January 26, 2020 Permalink

      You are so right. Felonies and firearms usually do not get you leniency from the courts, even in his hometown.

  9. J. Did
    2:42 pm January 26, 2020 Permalink

    Such a shame. Life is all about making decisions. If UND was the right decision, then why deviate from that path? Hopefully the young man will – in good conscience – figure it out and get back on the road to a successful future. Otherwise, he can brag about once being a future contender at Notre Dame – while behind bars….and behind grown ‘men’.

  10. BluKudzu
    3:55 pm January 26, 2020 Permalink

    Just glad he did not accept here. I hope he gets it together, but being a participant of those crimes, even at his age, is pretty telling about where his mind is.

    B&E for guns is not a “I was just having fun with friends” thing. If he did not know the difference, that kid need not be going to college.

    Feel bad for him and everyone involved. That was just as stupid as it is a serious crime to commit, or be a part of.

    You get to this level of felonies, it is tough to get a “do over.”

  11. magimae
    9:40 pm January 26, 2020 Permalink

    Really sad about this young man ruining his life, had so much going for him that is now lost, Enjoyed watching him play this past season, a talented ball player.