Notre Dame Investigating Four Players
Saturday Aug 16, 2014 12:00am
(SOUTH BEND) – Four Notre Dame players, including two starters, will not be allowed to participate in football activities as the university continues an internal investigations into academic misconduct, the school announced Friday. Notre Dame said in a statement that there was "evidence that students had submitted papers and homework that had been written for them by others." That evidence was reported to the athletics compliance office on July 29, and an immediate investigation was launched. The NCAA was notified Friday. The group of players includes KeiVarae Russell, the team's best cornerback, leading returning receiver DaVaris Daniels, and defensive end Ishaq Williams, expected to be a key contributor on the line. Backup linebacker Kendall Moore is also being held out of practice during the investigation. All four players were part of Notre Dame's 2012 team, which lost in the BCS national title game to Alabama. Daniels and Russell were starters on that team. Williams was projected to start this year, as well. Williams and Moore are seniors this season, while Daniels and Russell are juniors. The Fighting Irish are now facing the possibility that a second straight season could be affected by academic misconduct issues. Last year, quarterback Everett Golson missed the season after being suspended from school for what he called poor academic judgment. Golson is back, but now coach Brian Kelly could be scrambling to fill holes before opening his fifth season in South Bend at home against Rice on Aug. 30.