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Notre Dame addresses issue of academic misconduct

Jack Swarbrick

When news broke Friday afternoon that four key contributors to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football program potentially committed academic fraud during the 2012 season, the school acted swiftly in response to the claims.

Notre Dame issued a statement which clarified the current status of wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, linebacker Kendall Moore, cornerback KeiVarae Russell and defensive end Ishaq Williams. Each of them are still with the team and enrolled in school until an internal investigation into the matter was completed. The school also pointed out it alerted the NCAA of any possible violations.

Notre Dame President Rev. John I. Jenkins and athletic director Jack Swarbrick (pictured above) also addressed the media shortly after the statement from the school was released.

During the press conference, Jenkins and Swarbrick confirmed the identities of the four players in question. They “have not been charged with academic dishonesty“, but the investigation is currently ongoing and it’s in the “early stages.” Suspicion arose July 29 when an “academic staffer suspected cheating on papers” and informed Notre Dame’s compliance department. Because the university is still in the early stage of the investigations, they weren’t “prepared to say how far back alleged cheating goes.” The actual length of the investigation hasn’t been determined and it’s unknown whether the players will be on the field when Notre Dame opens the season.

Despite these academic concerns, Notre Dame still has “great confidence” in head coach Brian Kelly and the staff has been fully cooperative with the investigation. There isn’t any indication the staff had any knowledge of cheating. Kelly was supposedly “devastated” upon hearing the news.

The actual repercussions from the investigation could vary significantly. The aforementioned players could simply receive an “F” on the papers or be dismissed, if they are guilty of the actions.

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  1. eidolon21 says: Aug 15, 2014 7:25 PM

    Things like this usually >Blow Over< at Notre Dame.

  2. planecrashguy says: Aug 15, 2014 7:36 PM

    Yeah, Butch Davis was “devastated” at UNC, too. This is starting to sound like an institutional issue, not random acts of poor judgement by individual kids.

  3. sportsguy3434 says: Aug 15, 2014 7:46 PM

    So did Manti’s fake girlfriend take a test for him?

  4. eidolon21 says: Aug 15, 2014 7:53 PM

    According to Mike Golic, ” when he played football the Head Coach knew everything”. I wonder…. either Kelly knew or Hypocrisy thy name is Golic.
    nah Kelly knew.
    Write one for the Gipper!

  5. irishdodger says: Aug 15, 2014 7:54 PM

    Shut it down

  6. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 15, 2014 7:55 PM


    Like the Prince Shembo/Lizzy Seeberg sexual assault, Notre Dame will sweep this under the rug. Protect the brand first and foremost.

    Remember, this is the same school that looked to milk the deaths of Mante Te’o’s grandmother and “girl friend” for a prospective Heisman run in 2012. When the news was breaking of the fraud right before the National Championship game against Alabama. Notre Dame was shocked to learn of the news of the fraud and promised they would make Mante Te’o available in a press conference that never happened. Instead, Notre Dame presented Te’o in an antiseptic environment to protect the brand.

    Now Notre Dame will “voluntary” forfeit games in which the players participated
    AFTER the fact. They already secured the recruiting class and financial windfall
    from the National Championship game. If Notre Dame was actually sincere and
    honest about academic cheating, why not return the money earned from the National Championship game? Never happen because that would mean that Notre Dame would have to acknowledge wide spread academic fraud.

    Kelly and his staff knows what their students do and they know from academic
    tutors to the students who is cutting it academically and who isn’t on a weekly basis. Notre Dame waits a full year to enforce what they knew a long time simply because on the heels of the Golson suspension in May, 2013, it would show widespread academic fraud by ND football players.

    Protect the brand at all cost.


  7. dirtyharry1971 says: Aug 15, 2014 8:36 PM

    amosalanzostagg has his schools mixed up, he thinks this article is about PED state. That’s ok im sure its not the only confusion in your life

  8. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 15, 2014 8:58 PM



    Care to explain why Notre Dame Administrators leaked to the press how “the girl was all over him” when the University of Notre Dame had a gag order on discussing any aspects of the Lizzy Seeberg case issued by President John Jenkins?

    Care to explain how a high priced plaintiff’s attorney out of Chicago, Joe Power, who just happens to be a Notre Dame alum and a ND football supporter, is lawyered up with Prince Shembo BEFORE the Notre Dame Police Department even starts it’s slow walked investigation? Does such high price legal counsel available for every Notre Dame/ St Mary’s student?

    Care to explain the unsolicited texts to Lizzy Seeberg’s cell phone telling her not to mess
    with Notre Dame football the day after the sexual assault?… Can you say victim intimidation?

    Can you explain why the Saint Joseph County DA chooses to no bill charges related to the Seeberg assault since the victim was dead rather than use it as a dying declaration?
    Can you say institutional influence?

    No, Notre Dame protects the brand at all cost.


  9. paulkenny2014 says: Aug 15, 2014 10:03 PM

    Not an ND fan, but you are making a lot of assumptions. These four cheated over the summer, not during the 2012 season. At least that is what i read. ND turned themselves in, not ncaa investigators. A lot of schools might have swept it under the rug, but nd acted quickly, at least on this situation. Much different than the North Carolina incident. “Notre dame waited a full year” to raise these concerns on academic cheating doesn’t make sense to me. Do you have proof? Why would they turn in Golson, and not other 4 last year? Unless of course they did not cheat until this summer. They turned in there starting qb, but held off on other 4, I don’t buy it. If they are turning in Golson, they sure as hell are turning in Moore(st player).

    I know Joe Powers and his story is much different than what you just wrote. He did no lawyer up before Nd police department started investigation. Please provide your proof of that statement. Believe it or not the Shembo family contacted him , not a back door deal by rich ND alumni to cover anything up. I personal can confirm that. Your summation reads as a cheap nd hit piece. That, along with your overrreach on the “conspiracy” that these nd players were cheating way back in 2012, lacks credibility.If it does come out that many players were cheating way back in 2012, and the University knew, I apologize in advance. Right now, that is pure conjecture. Smearing a good man like Mr. Powers is abhorid, particularly with the comment you wrote above not being a true timeline of events. Giving him no chance to respond to your accusation(a big one i might add), is cowardly. Who are you, I mean what is your name, where did you find your information that you are willing to share anon. with this website? Again, this is coming from what i know, if you have proof please share. Otherwise, anyone can throw out false presumptions, particularly against shall we say”not so well liked ” institutions like nd. Not an nd fan, but a professional nd hater(sorry, thats how your comment reads), is not the one to get info about wts going on at nd. Reporters will be all over this, and the truth will come out. I bet it differs from your story. I know the Seeburg case does.


    Paul J. Williams
    Michigan (class of 86)

  10. barkleyblows says: Aug 15, 2014 10:49 PM

    Stay classy Notre Cheat!!

  11. ttalarico says: Aug 15, 2014 11:09 PM

    Go ahead ND haters.

    Let us have it even though none of the facts are out!

    Good reply Mr. Williams.

  12. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 15, 2014 11:09 PM

    Mr “Williams”,

    Nice try

    With all due respect,

    Help me out here, I asked for explanations on specific questions regarding Notre Dame and it’s storied history of protecting it’s brand at all cost. Yet you choose to focus on Mr Joe Powers.

    Am I to believe with certainty that Mr. Powers sat down with you and confided his detailed, privileged discussions with Prince Shembo on the Lizzy Seeburg affair. Can you say breach of attorney client privilege?

    Care to explain how an influential, well connected plaintiffs attorney out of Chicago who just happens to be a Notre Dame alum AND an ardent supporter of Notre Dame Football just happens to be retained by the Shembo family to represent their son in a an aspect of legal
    defense that is more suited to a criminal defense representation? Just how did the Shembo’s
    come upon Joe Powers? Did they go to Legal Yellow Pages? Back of a matchbook cover? Just how did the Shembo family end up being “referred” to Joe Powers? Shembo is from North Carolina, a long, long way from South Bend, much less Chicago.

    Yes, Shembo was lawyered up before the Notre Dame Police Department even started their slow walked “investigation” Shembo was not even talked to by police officials for TWO weeks after the
    “assault” took place and FIVE days after Lizzy Seeburg died.

    I apologize that I will not do your homework for you, You’re a “Michigan” graduate with what I
    assume a first class education in which you could do your own work on the Seeberg
    investigation. No false presumptions, just a little hard work, an inquiring mind and above all,
    a passion for the truth. I would welcome Notre Dame President John Jenkins to sit down for
    the record with the parents of Liz Seeberg and have a conversation with them about what happened. After all, what does Notre Dame and have to hide if everything is true?

    Enjoy Notre Dame football “Michigan” grad.


    P.S. On second thought, An Alabama Grad has to help a graduate of an AAU institution with his home work.

    P.S.S The word I believe you’re looking for is abhorred, not “abhorid”

  13. irishdodger says: Aug 15, 2014 11:25 PM


    Those who live in glass houses…

    You’re a Bama fan & talking about wrongdoing? Oh that’s rich. And I’m not talking about Saban…I’m talking about every coach before him. Let’s not even get into the segregation that kept black athletes from playing for your beloved school. Ever heard of Sam “Bam” Cunningham? Bear Bryant said he did more for Alabama than MLK. Those who don’t know their history are destined to repeat it.

  14. mogogo1 says: Aug 15, 2014 11:34 PM

    Goodness, dodger. If you can’t do any better than “your school’s cheated, too, so just ignore mine while we do it” then you shouldn’t even enter the game.

  15. irishdodger says: Aug 15, 2014 11:54 PM

    Goodness mogogo, you miss the point. I just found it ironic that a Bammer is obsessed w/ Notre Dame football…not to mention an already settled case involving a former player. He must be bitter b/c Shembo chose ND over Bama.

    Like I’ve said mogogo, ND needs to either shut their program down, ala the University of Chicago (I don’t expect you to know you’e CFB history…you’re probably an SEC fan) or go “all in” w/ the rest of the Big 5 and make academic exceptions for players who participate in revenue generating sports. ND has to decide how important that football revenue truly is. I’ll respect them more if they choose one of the options I just listed vs trying to have their cake & eat it too.

  16. stoicpaisano says: Aug 16, 2014 12:15 AM

    U of C didn’t shut their program down.

  17. ducksk says: Aug 16, 2014 12:16 AM

    The university of Notre shame. I’m upfront, I’ve always hated this school. The brand, the religion, the hypocrisy of it all is shameful. Notre shame full.

  18. paulkenny2014 says: Aug 16, 2014 12:37 AM

    You do not understand attorney client privilege. I did not say we sat down and had a privileged convenseration on the case. I do not know where that came from. I asked how he came across the case, and he told me(lives 11 houses down). Or the “Michigan grad ” comment. Yes, I am a secret Nd fan, ah yeah. You are insane, and obsesssed with ND. I know down south you can’t imagine a uppity blackie having the nerve to find a great defense attorney . He , nor his family, would have that capability. He must have secretly be contacted by the illuminati, rather ND alumni associaton of powerful people who do anything to defend the university, who concocted a plan to hide the truth and defend the university. Again, I am NOT an ND fan or grad, but can’t stand b.s. conspiracy crap, especially from a alabama grad who is just hungry for the truth. Give me a frikin break. Also, you seem to know Joe well. He will be flattered to know an Alabama fan with an inquisitive mind, who is just hungering for the truth(we will call him defender of the college football world, since he hides behind a screen name ), is out there on the web calling him an influencial plaintiffs attorney and “ardent nd supporter”. He also has season tix to northwestern games, as several family members attended there also . But then again, you knew that already. Right?

  19. rocket1988 says: Aug 16, 2014 12:42 AM

    When any other school self reports academic fraud to the public then you can comment on this situation. I’d like to see any of these posters pass a sumner class at ND before they get the privilege of demeaning a top 25 academic school. Let the facts come out before you judge.

  20. paulkenny2014 says: Aug 16, 2014 1:15 AM

    also, “protecting it’s brand at any cost” was not the headline of this conversation. Addressing academic misconduct at ND was. Pot calling kelltle black. I can’t defend Powers, yet you can surely change conversation to ND Defense of Brand thread.

  21. dmarado says: Aug 16, 2014 8:55 AM

    If they cheated and they are good, they will do the Gholston thing and sit a year.

  22. eidolon21 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:36 AM

    lack of Institutional control or massive cover-up

  23. dhardy8207 says: Aug 16, 2014 10:45 AM

    “When news broke Friday afternoon that four key contributors to the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football program potentially committed academic fraud during the 2012 season, the school acted swiftly in response to the claims.”


    Is this a typo? “Acted swiftly” would have been a response before now as this is 2014, as according to the above statement this potential academic fraud happened “during the 2012 season”.

    As a TIDE fan I wouldn’t dare guess that it wasn’t caught sooner because they were in contention for a BCS title in 2012. Guess all were too concerned with the fake death of Te’o’s girl friend…

  24. mogogo1 says: Aug 16, 2014 11:19 AM

    “not to mention an already settled case involving a former player”

    That’s how you view the Lizzy Seeburg tragedy? As just some “settled case” that can now be totally forgotten like it never happened?

    The current academic scandal doesn’t surprise me–that stuff goes on at every football factory. But the handling of the Seeburg case was absolutely shameful. Jenkins wouldn’t even meet with her family (and they’re alumni on top of their deceased daughter having been a student at ND). ND handled that like the only concern was the PR of the football team. That was a text book example of what is wrong with college football.

  25. dhardy8207 says: Aug 16, 2014 11:34 AM

    irishdodger says:Aug 15, 2014 11:25 PM


    Those who live in glass houses…

    You’re a Bama fan & talking about wrongdoing? Oh that’s rich. And I’m not talking about Saban…I’m talking about every coach before him. Let’s not even get into the segregation that kept black athletes from playing for your beloved school. Ever heard of Sam “Bam” Cunningham? Bear Bryant said he did more for Alabama than MLK. Those who don’t know their history are destined to repeat it.


    Wow… going back to the 1960′ – 1970’s era to throw some dirt, heh??… Heads up Irish, that was 40-50 years ago, lots has changed since then and I invite you to come forward with us rednecks. I’m sure if we have advanced you can do so as well. Bringing up our storied past is a cheap shot as much so as if we were to bring up catholic faith leadership’s (i.e. priest) raping young boys. And before you lash back out, my point is everyone here in the south is not racist, there were white citizens that marched with Dr. King. Just thought I would point that out since you’re inviting us to revisit history….

  26. dhardy8207 says: Aug 16, 2014 12:05 PM


    Every bit of data I’ve read from viable media sources (New York Times, Washington Post, and several others) documents that ND’s Police department waited 9 days before they even begun to start an investigation into the alleged rape allogations. Lizzy Seeburg received text messages from Shembo’s teammate and room mate threatening her not to “mess with ND football program/players”. When news broke about Lizzy Seeburg and her “past mental issues” which turned out to be an anxiety disorder that she had been under treatment for, the Pres of ND was refusing comment until that dirt was brought out on her. The psychologist that was treating her and had been said she was more stable in treatment at the time and was dealing quite well with her transition into college life. In to the mix steps this high dollar attorney who is an ND alumni and he has knowledge of things that shouldn’t have been discussed with anyone about an impending litigation unless that individual was representing the university or it’s interest. Furthermore, the Pres of ND all the while was REFUSING to meet with Seeburg’s parents even after numerous attempts to contact him to arrange a meeting. Accoring to the Huffington Post’s article; his reasoning was that “he couldn’t involve himself in the matter for fear of tainting an investigation,” yet he made numerous contact with this attorney for Shembo in and around that time. The Seeburg’s attorney finally had to get involved and threaten legal action before he would even respond to that.

    Now I don’t carry any anomosity/hate toward ND or any other program, but with all this and other numerous facts that have been made public by different news entities, I would question the validity of the version you got from your “neighbor down the street. ” If they felt the need to “circle the wagons” and protect the player as well as the program I’m certain they’d not discuss so leisurely with anyone from outside..

  27. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 16, 2014 1:46 PM


    I’m a proud Bama grad and yeah, we’ve had more than our share of misdeeds. Mike Dubose really hurt the school program. The hiring of Shula and Franchione still baffle me.

    That is when Saban comes into play. Saban kicks kids with prospective legal problems off the team and lets them go through the justice system.

    Notre Dame? Provides them legal representation and slows walk an “investigation” by the Notre Dame Campus Police.

    Notre Dame protects the brand.


  28. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 16, 2014 2:13 PM


    Why would Powers, a Notre Dame alum and an influential Notre Dame football supporter take a case involving a Notre Dame football player in a prospective criminal action? Why not recluse himself on a conflict of interest? Could it be that Notre Dame President Reverend John Jenkins NEVER talked with Joe Powers?

    BTW, My name is Louis Winthorp III and I work with Duke and Duke as managing partner.

    I live 12 houses down from GHW Bush and have season tickets to Slippery Rock University home football games.

    The topic I opined on was Liz Seeburg/ Prince Shembo sexual assault case resulted in Notre Dame protecting there brand. I transitioned to the current day and how Notre Dame will once again protect their brand on the “academic DISHONESTY”
    of 4 Notre Dame football players in the 2012 season. Notre Dame prides itself on graduating their student athletes and you’re telling this blog that with all the tutors
    and all the self reporting the Notre Dame does with their tutors and GA’s, that
    the Football Coaches HAVE absolutely no clue as to what academic status their
    football players are doing in the classroom? Better smell what your shoveling.

    I know that focusing and critical thinking are not your strong points. Rather than defend Notre Dame or Joe Powers, why not ask Notre Dame President Reverend
    John Jenkins to sit down on the record with Liz Seeberg’s parents and explain the University’s position on the DEATH of their daughter under questionable

    One last question, explain why the Notre Dame Campus Police never notified
    St. Joseph Police Authorities of the sexual assault case report filed with their office?
    Notre Dame WOULD never cover up a crime would they?

    Notre Dame protects their brand.


  29. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 16, 2014 2:53 PM


    Using your own words,

    paulkenny2014 wrote on: Aug 16, 2014 12:37 AM

    Using your own words,

    ….”I asked how he came across the case, and he told me(lives 11 houses down).”

    Interesting, actually quite fascinating.

    Joe Powers represents Prince Shembo on a legal situation and a neighbor up the block happens to ask him “How did you come across the Prince Shembo case?” and he just told you?

    The vast majority of attorneys I know would simply say “You know I cannot divulge anything related to my CLIENT or his case or any details.”

    So Mensa, tell the blog how he came across the case? How were the Shembo’s directed to his legal counsel? After all, he did tell you, didn’t he?


  30. pigskin6900 says: Aug 20, 2014 10:59 PM

    I will say as a fan of football and one who still believes in education, that if every college had to follow Notre Dames academic standards, college football would look much different, and a significant portion of past and current players would have never seen a college football field, and would have never made it to the NFL.

    Not a big ND fan, but to any haters….your wrong on this one.

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