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UPDATE: Irish suspend four, including KeiVarae Russell, DaVaris Daniels

Oklahoma v Notre Dame

In the words of noted Irish fan Homer Simpson, “Notre D’oh!”

With speculation bubbling just below the surface for weeks, Bruce Feldman of reported Friday that four players — wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, linebacker Kendall Moore, cornerback KeiVarae Russell and defensive end Ishaq Williams — have been dismissed from the football program.  According to Feldman as well as Yahoo SportsPat Forde, all four were dismissed amidst academic fraud allegations.

That’s not exactly right.

The school released a statement Friday. It clarified that the students in question have been suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation. Notre Dame also notified the NCAA of any potential violations.

“Integrity is at the heart of our mission and academic misconduct will not be tolerated at Notre Dame,” said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president. “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 University is committed to thorough resolution of this matter, consistent with its commitment to academic integrity and adherence to NCAA rules.”

All three of the defensive players are starters or significant contributors, while Daniels is a starter on the other side of the ball, so the suspensions will have a significant and potentially devastating impact on the Irish moving forward.

Russell, a true junior, has started all 26 games during his two years in South Bend. A freshman All-American in 2012, Russell finished fifth in tackles last season, tops among all defensive backs. His work in pass coverage is superb, as evidenced by the fact that he led all Irish players in passes broken up (eight) and passes defensed (nine).

Russell is the only non-senior in the group.

Daniels’ 49 catches for 795 yards and seven touchdowns were all second on the team last season.  He had been ND’s leading returning receiver.

This is not the first bit of academic trouble Daniels has run into recently.  In January of this year, Daniels didn’t enroll in classes for the spring semester due to academic concerns.  He was readmitted in May.

Williams has played in 24 games the past two seasons and is a starter this season, while Russell has played in all 39 games the past three seasons after redshirting as a true freshman.

Everett Golson, who started at quarterback during the Irish’s run to the BCS title game, suspended from the university for cheating on a final exam.  He was reinstated in December of last year after missing the entire 2103 season, and was named the starting quarterback Thursday.

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36 Responses to “UPDATE: Irish suspend four, including KeiVarae Russell, DaVaris Daniels”
  1. coolhorn46 says: Aug 15, 2014 2:24 PM

    A&M and OU are holding on lines two and three…

  2. tigers182 says: Aug 15, 2014 2:26 PM

    Talented but crooked players? We’ll take them!


  3. fitz66 says: Aug 15, 2014 2:28 PM

    Have a great time in Auburn guys.

  4. kaspauf says: Aug 15, 2014 3:12 PM

    Why not Louisville while we are at it?

  5. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 15, 2014 3:19 PM

    Lol oops. QB gets welcomed back from academic fraud, 4 others get dismissed. Seems like they don’t have the issue under control .

    at least Notre Dame suspends them at Suckeye State they have students take tests for players. Talk about academic fraud.

  6. planecrashguy says: Aug 15, 2014 3:54 PM

    Coach Kelly should stepdown, if he doesn’t he should be dismissed. He should have been given the boot after the kid on the video lift platform got killed.

    Many years ago, Father Hesbergh said be’d personally shut the football program down if it was discovered there were academic improprieties within the program.

  7. goodfieldnohit says: Aug 15, 2014 4:10 PM

    “A&M and OU are holding on lines two and three…”

    There is no record of academic fraud by players at A&M, or are there any allegations of such. A&M also does not have any current or former players that have been accused of rape, unlike those at the University of Texas.

  8. tsfinley says: Aug 15, 2014 4:14 PM

    Since there are no academic standards in the $EC (except Vanderbilt), you will never see this happen in the $EC.

  9. wvufan82 says: Aug 15, 2014 4:26 PM

    Shaq eating an apple = Ishaq

  10. kvnhlstd says: Aug 15, 2014 4:29 PM

    They will be roomates with Jameis by Halloween… at least these guys will but there food, they had enough money to buy their grades.

  11. ducksk says: Aug 15, 2014 4:39 PM

    Cheaters! Really? Jesus, Joseph, Mary.

  12. seniorboy says: Aug 15, 2014 4:41 PM

    So, in this case, there is an argument for paying these young men to play football since ND rakes in millions off their efforts. Or, is this racism? These young men are all African Americans I presume and cheating is their way of expressing a gratitude for a free education?
    Pathetic price they pay while ND continues to make millions from their athletes.

  13. dmarado says: Aug 15, 2014 4:57 PM

    Aug 15, 2014 3:12 PM
    Why not Louisville while we are at it?

    Why not Zoidberg?

  14. thraiderskin says: Aug 15, 2014 5:43 PM

    But I thought academics was just a cover!?!?

  15. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 15, 2014 5:43 PM

    @ brownsmakemecrazy

    This is a Notre Dame story. Why are you even mentioning Ohio State?

    Can you back up your statement with some names of people that tOSU or NCAA actually caught cheating? Of course you can’t. Trolls like you don’t need facts. All you need is a keyboard you can hide behind and type asinine statements.

  16. khearn101 says: Aug 15, 2014 6:07 PM



    Did you miss these stories from the past decade?

  17. derekgorgonstar says: Aug 15, 2014 6:16 PM

    Boy Kelly’s face is going to get redder than ever.

    @brutus, I agree, it’s not fair to mention the buckeyes in regard to academic fraud. Now…..slapping your girl around, that’s another story.

  18. barkleyblows says: Aug 15, 2014 6:19 PM

    Stay classy Notre Cheat!!

  19. irishdodger says: Aug 15, 2014 6:26 PM

    They need to shut down the football program & possibly all athletics.

  20. eidolon21 says: Aug 15, 2014 6:33 PM

    its not like Kelly killed anybody or they covered up a rape suicide. Spin has already started. They will all be back and playing in a few weeks.

  21. dejadoh says: Aug 15, 2014 8:03 PM

    Clearly this is a Kelly thing. There’s a ton of pressure on to win at any cost, and character of some players apparently doesn’t matter as long as they can play. It’s very sad, but this is what the big 5 conferences have been swallowing for decades (and it has only gotten obscene in the big schools, it’s a joke). If it’s going on at ND, you know it’s the culture at big schools. The kids suffer no real consequences, and because he was good two years ago, the QB gets to come back. Along with Kelly, the AD and president should be canned.

  22. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 15, 2014 8:30 PM


    I know for a fact Matt Wilhelm received envelopes with cash in them.

    My cousin’s husband went to Ohio State and he said there were people in his class taking exams for football players

    You can sit down and shut up now retard.

    Thanks for reminding Thug eye state fans of their cheating

  23. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 15, 2014 9:09 PM

    Thanks khearn 101 for reminding everyone of Theee Corrupt State University Thugeyes

  24. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:27 PM

    @ khearn101
    The first link doesn’t mention academic cheating. The second link references statements made by someone who was kicked off the team and has since retracted his statements.

  25. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:33 PM

    @ brownsmakemecrazy:

    How could possibly “know for a fact Matt Wilhelm received envelopes with cash?” Are you saying you witnessed this? I doubt it. 3rd hand information from your “cousin’s husband” isn’t proof. Why didn’t he report it at the time? Your life as a troll must be very sad. I do feel sorry for you.

  26. coolhorn46 says: Aug 15, 2014 9:42 PM

    One thing to be said for Notre Dame in all of this…You’ve gotta have academics before you can have academic fraud. That’s one reason I wouldn’t expect to see this reason used to kick players off of teams in some other parts of the country.

  27. onlyoneleft says: Aug 15, 2014 10:42 PM

    Nothing knew about academic fraud as Carolina has been doing it for years and nothing has been done about it.

  28. rupp246 says: Aug 16, 2014 6:38 AM

    Cheating at Notre Dame? Just another example of the world going to hell.

  29. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 16, 2014 6:53 AM


    Lol actually I feel sorry for you because you are an Ohio State fan.

    My former assistant was good friends with Matt Wilhelm mom. And she was over her house and she saw an envelope full of cash and asked his mom about it and I quote from his mom”Oh, that’s Matts. We are really not supposed to talk about that”. My assistant was like what do you mean, she goes and I Quote “He gets that from Ohio State”

    Yeah my cousins husband is really gonna lie about that.

    All you Suckeye State fans are pathetic. Keep thinking you are good and keep watching your pathetic overhyped football team beat up on scrubs. You morons think they are great then they get their ass kicked by real teams. Here’s a $1 buy a clue retard.

  30. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 16, 2014 6:55 AM

    And keep denying your academic fraud too.

    I know it’s hard for you Brutusbuckeye2011 to use deductive reasoning on why I included ohio state in the Notre Dame post.

    It’s not really a surprise because you idiots think Suckeye State is so good lol

  31. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 16, 2014 7:31 AM

    How did this feel brutus the douchebag?

  32. dkhhuey says: Aug 16, 2014 8:59 AM

    @clownsmake – yes, and I dated a girl who had a sister that dated a cousin of the father who knew a guy who bumped into a guy who said he knew a player that picked his nose during an exam that was being taken by a friend of a cousin of his 3rd aunt.

    He also said he knew you and said you should move out of your mother’s basement, get a job, and move on from when a player on the OSU woman’s basketball team stole your boyfriend!

  33. brutusbuckeye2011 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:12 AM

    @ brownsmakemecrazy:

    I find it to be rather amusing, but not as amusing as you.

  34. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 16, 2014 1:59 PM


    Don’t you have to start drinking yet for that tough opener vs Navy?

  35. rupp246 says: Aug 16, 2014 4:59 PM

    Rudi is no longer my favorite movie.

  36. auburntigers34 says: Aug 17, 2014 1:43 PM

    coolhorn46 says:
    Aug 15, 2014 9:42 PM
    One thing to be said for Notre Dame in all of this…You’ve gotta have academics before you can have academic fraud. That’s one reason I wouldn’t expect to see this reason used to kick players off of teams in some other parts of the country.

    what parts of the country is that? Austin,Texas?

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