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15 August 2014

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Friday 15 August 2014

by Matt Fortuna and Brett McMurphy |

Four Notre Dame [male USA football] players will not be allowed to participate in football activities as the university continues an internal investigation into academic misconduct, it was announced Friday.

Notre Dame [Jesuit university, South Bend, Indiana USA] said in the 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 Tuesday 29 July, an immediate investigation was launched and the NCAA was notified on Friday.

Starting wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive back KeiVarae Russell, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams and reserve linebacker Kendall Moore were the players involved, along with some non-student-athletes, a source told ESPN.

The university said the players will be held out of practice and games until the ongoing investigation is completed.

"Integrity is at the heart of our mission and academic misconduct will not be tolerated at Notre Dame," Rev. John I. Jenkins, the university president, said in a statement posted on the school's website. "If the suspected improprieties are proven, we will use the experience to reinforce among our students the importance of honesty in all that they do.

"We are also examining ways of better conveying to students that they can avail themselves of legitimate academic assistance without resorting to cheating."

The NCAA [National Collegiate Athletic Association] routinely will let the school investigate any potential allegations before determining whether any further NCAA punishment is warranted.

Notre Dame said Friday that it would voluntarily vacate any victories "if it determines that the student-athletes would have been ineligible during past competition."


Depleted Receiving Corps

With DaVaris Daniels expected to be suspended from football activities, Notre Dame would be without its top three wide receivers from a year ago. Its top returning receiver would now be Chris Brown (15 catches in 2013).

Player     Catches  Currently
TJ Jones     70     NFL
D. Daniels   49     Investigated
T. Niklas    32     NFL

-- ESPN Stats & Information


All four players were part of Notre Dame's 2012 team, which lost in the BCS national title game to [University of] 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, Daniels and Russell are juniors. The Fighting Irish are ranked No. 17 in the preseason USA Today/Coaches' poll.

A source told ESPN that the four players did not practice Friday.

This is the second incident in the past two years involving academic misconduct and the football team.

Last year, starting quarterback Everett Golson was dismissed from school for what he said was "poor academic judgment," but was reinstated this spring. Daniels had been suspended for the spring semester for undisclosed academic violations but also was reinstated in late May.

The investigation was first reported by Yahoo Sports.

ESPN's Joe Schad contributed to this report.
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    Harry Boughner · Top Commenter · Punjabi University
    "There's no way this is real."

    - Manti Teo
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    · 114 · 2 hours ago
        Thomas McNamara · Top Commenter · Stamford, Connecticut
        Wouldn't he believe it is real?
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        · 19 · 2 hours ago
        Aaron Short · Traffic Management at Cumulus Media
        Someone already posted that comment on Deadspin...
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        · 17 · 2 hours ago
        Mark Crank · Top Commenter · N. Kentucky
        Nice steal from the Dead Spin comments...
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        · 10 · 2 hours ago
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    Sean O'Gara · Top Commenter · Loyola University Chicago
    This would never happen in the SEC.
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    · 42 · 2 hours ago
        Grey Thompson · Top Commenter · Works at Color Of Grey Studio
        What the hell does this have to do with the SEC?
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        · 16 · 2 hours ago
        Y.o. Ouwooferman · Top Commenter · The University of Oklahoma
        This would never happen in the SEC (getting caught that is) FIFY
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        · 62 · 2 hours ago
        Chris Weglein · Top Commenter · Post University
        Grey Thompson The fact that majority of Alabama, USCe, LSU have been playing with academically ineligible players FOR YEARS, and getting away with it.
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        · 37 · 2 hours ago
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    Ry Voegler · Top Commenter · Works at Behnke Inc.
    RIP Lennay Kekua
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    · 29 · 2 hours ago
        Aaron Garv · Top Commenter · St. Bonaventure University
        you need some new material
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        · 30 · 2 hours ago
        Chris Weglein · Top Commenter · Post University
        Aaron Garv lol, beat me to it.

        you're about 2 years late Ry.
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        · 9 · 2 hours ago
        Aaron Haught · Top Commenter · Shaw High School
        Chris Weglein RIP Lennay Kekua never forget, at least thats what the sticker on my car says.
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    Samey Esquandolas · Top Commenter · Virginia Beach, Virginia
    I expect a swift investigation with no penalties
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        Gary Davis · Top Commenter · Semi-Retired at Retired
        I will bet you that all 4 players are DONE at ND, this is not the SEC.
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        · 44 · 2 hours ago
        Jennifer Wertz Baldivia
        No penalties?!?!?! I'm guessing you dint know anything about ND. You must be thinking of the sec, those are the players that never get in trouble.
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        Nic Lahr · Top Commenter · Consultant/Business Owner at Entrepeneur
        Gary Davis just like golston?
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    Bryant Brooks · Florida State University
    in other news, auburn has added 3 new players to their roster
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        Patrick Allison · Top Commenter · Works at Retired
        and we will take them! thats what other schools get for being unforgiving.
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        Dan Marchildon · Top Commenter · Clarke Central High School
        Finally, honesty!
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        · 2 · 52 minutes ago
        Patrick Allison · Top Commenter · Works at Retired
        Dan Marchildon how can i deny the truth? besides as a football fan, as long as they play good why do i care? i didnt go to their college....
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