Kelly Shocked Over ND Probe
Monday Aug 18, 2014 12:00am
(SOUTH BEND) – Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly expressed disappointment Saturday about the school's academic misconduct investigation involving four of his players, saying he was shocked and disappointed when athletic director Jack Swarbrick called him into his office Thursday to inform him of the news. Speaking publicly for the first time since news broke Friday that DaVaris Daniels, KeiVarae Russell, Ishaq Williams and Kendall Moore would be withheld from practicing with the Fighting Irish because of potential academic misconduct, Kelly acknowledged the personnel hits his program has taken in recent years because of the school's academic demands, while also saying that he took the Notre Dame job five years ago because he wanted to be associated at a place with such high standards. Friday's news was the latest academic-related hit Notre Dame's prominent athletic teams have taken in the last 15 months, as the school suspended Everett Golson, the football team's starting quarterback, last fall semester following what Golson called "poor academic judgment" the previous spring. Golson was reinstated last winter. Kelly said he has not talked to the four players being investigated, clarifying that they cannot practice or play with the team but are welcome in the football building for meals and other activities. He said he will withhold them from team and position meetings for now, and he said that he has not been told of any other players on his current team who are being investigated. Kelly said that he has not been interviewed or investigated himself.