​Last Chance U isn't just a television show, it's a way of life for some talented college football players.


Former Notre Dame running back ​Deon McIntosh hopes to ride an opportunity at East Mississippi Community College and eventually transfer back to Division-I ball. Like most players at Last Chance U, McIntosh comes with baggage.

Brian Kelly ​suspended McIntosh and three other players for the Citrus Bowl this past season, citing a violation of team rules. After the season, the Fighting Irish head coach dismissed the sophomore, as well as running back CJ Holmes.


"Right now, they're not with the program," Kelly said at the time. "I haven't closed the door totally, but both of them right now are not with the program... There are so many different things that are in play here. Salary cap (meaning the 85-man scholarship limit) is one of them. There are things that have to be worked out if either one of them were to come back on the team."

That was then, this is now. The door shut on McIntosh, and he'll now have to earn his way back into the spotlight, fair or not. 


McIntosh was the 11th-best prospect in the state of Florida upon his commitment in 2016. The talent is there, but McIntosh clearly needs to make changes off the field if he wishes to live up to those high expectations.