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ND’s Brian Kelly: ‘shock… disappointment’ over academic probe

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An imbroglio that slammed headfirst into the Notre Dame football program yesterday had the same initial impact on its head coach.

As you have no doubt heard by now, four members of the Irish football program — thee starters, one key reserve — have been suspended from the team pending the outcome of an investigation into academic fraud.  Brian Kelly was alerted to the situation during a Thursday meeting with athletic director Jack Swarbrick.

Saturday, Kelly addressed the media for the first time and was, of course, immediately asked about the situation.

“My emotions were shock and disappointment at the time,” Kelly said when asked what he felt upon first learning of the probe.

The four players — wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, linebacker Kendall Moore, cornerback KeiVarae Russell and defensive end Ishaq Williams — remain enrolled in school but are not permitted to take part in any football activities with the team.  Kelly revealed that he has not yet talked to any of the players involved, but expects to do so within the next 24 hours or so.

As for the players’ futures at the school?

Notre Dame football has long prided itself on doing things “the right way,” an image that was dented, some would say severely, with the news that broke yesterday.  While that image took a hit, Kelly continued to espouse the virtues to which the university in general and the football program in particular clings.

“It’s a privilege to play at Notre Dame, not a right. We don’t say one thing and do another. I’m proud of Notre Dame,” Kelly said. “There are no shortcuts in what we do. You can’t win taking shortcuts.”

Kelly added that he has not been interviewed as part of the investigation and doesn’t expect to be going forward.  He also confirmed that no other current Irish football players are under investigation.

The investigation is weeks away from completion, if not months, which means that all four players will most certainly miss the season opener against Rice.  The Irish also have games against Michigan (Sept. 6), Stanford (Oct. 4), North Carolina (Oct. 11) and Florida State (Oct. 18) in the first month and a half of the season, a tough stretch that won’t be helped if all or part of the quartet is still sidelined.

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23 Responses to “ND’s Brian Kelly: ‘shock… disappointment’ over academic probe”
  1. Mr. Wright 212 says: Aug 16, 2014 1:57 PM

    Dented by this? It was going on under Holtz and Davie also.

  2. brownsmakemecrazy says: Aug 16, 2014 2:02 PM

    Lol classic Brian Kelly pic.

  3. eidolon21 says: Aug 16, 2014 2:05 PM

    shock they got caught

  4. goodfieldnohit says: Aug 16, 2014 2:26 PM

    LOL at ND doing things the “right way.”

    Lenay Kukua is holding on line one.

  5. goodfieldnohit says: Aug 16, 2014 2:28 PM

    E. Golson is standing by on line two.

  6. mfinneran says: Aug 16, 2014 2:30 PM

    Why would he be “shocked” when he condone’s this type of atmosphere.

  7. jgg1 says: Aug 16, 2014 2:35 PM

    Michigan lucks out again!!! Lol!

  8. ecnc30 says: Aug 16, 2014 3:16 PM

    Kelly…shocked! Shocked he got caught…again. Pure,lily-white Notre Dame, always so perfect, so clean a program…yeah right! Kids must’ve gotten their papers written by an alum football booster type…what, water polo dynamics too hard to write about!! LOL

  9. joewilliesshnoz says: Aug 16, 2014 3:18 PM

    Gotcha !

  10. ducksk says: Aug 16, 2014 3:22 PM

    Cheatre Dame. My god it’s down right unholy!

  11. barkleyblows says: Aug 16, 2014 5:24 PM

    Yep… Shocked they got caught. He should be fired!!

  12. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 16, 2014 6:32 PM

    Notre Dame is a fine institution. It has premier name recognition and it’s grads have
    a superior education.

    That being said, Notre Dame is “sadden”, “disappointed”, “shocked” and “surprised” when exposed on events involving Notre Dame football players or their football program.

    Whether it is “sadden” in the death of Declan Sullivan and held culpable in the death, “shocked” when their Heisman candidate, Mante Te’o is shown as a fraud in the “death” of his girlfriend, Lenay Kukua, “surprised” when their starting QB, Golston, is expelled for “academic dishonesty”, and “disappointed” when 4 players are caught using fraudulent papers.

    Yet Coach Kelly is unsure if the four players want to remain at Notre Dame, regardless of the investigation’s outcome.

    Hello, Captain Obvious! You think Notre Dame is sweating an NCAA investigation
    on “academic fraud” in light of Golston and now this? Think this shows a pattern
    within the University in which there is one set of standards for students and another one for Notre Dame football players?

    Forget the storied Athletic program that prides itself on graduation rates, of priding
    itself on making sure that tutors are available to help the players in their course load.
    Forget the weekly academic class reports that are sent to the Football office in order to make sure that the players are attending class and making progress in their respective classes. Notre Dame will circle the wagons. If 4 football players are to be
    casualties, so be it. Notre Dame will protect the brand,

    Always.

    RTR

  13. huck222 says: Aug 16, 2014 7:10 PM

    If ND wants to get back in the discussion of championship football, they’ll have to mix in some sketchy or shady individuals with some good old boys! Every winning program does it!

  14. irishlad19 says: Aug 16, 2014 8:46 PM

    It’s my school, I stand by their integrity, and the Haters are welcome to their cheap shots but, ND Forever!

  15. frank booth says: Aug 16, 2014 9:21 PM

    That’s the problem. When people condone this type of behavior at “their” school, they become enablers in fostering an environment conducive to fraud, cheating, etc; they become de facto supporters instead of looking to clean up the problem. Kind of like the Catholic church and their pedophile priests or the people under Paterno’s charge, who turned their back on Sandusky’s activities. Then, when it all comes out, they are magically “shocked” and “surprised”.

  16. ducksk says: Aug 16, 2014 9:56 PM

    Cheating and academic farces is the norm in NCAA D1 sports. It’s just a way of life. Believe it.

  17. tg1896 says: Aug 17, 2014 8:46 AM

    All you prissy, little holier-than-thou Nancies make me guffaw. What? Your school only allows Rhodes scholars on your football team? What a crock. There’s only two types of universities. Those that have caught cheaters and those that don’t bother. Get a clue.

    Cheating is wrong. ND found out however they found out. Now they’ll deal with it. And, NO, I’m not an ND fan. I’m a realist.

  18. frank booth says: Aug 17, 2014 12:10 PM

    Cool. Internet tough guy. You must be new to college football. Not sure if you’ve noticed, but Notre Dame always positions its program as beyond reproach when it comes to academics and student athletes. That’s why they get ripped on in these situations. You don’t have much of a grasp of logic, do you? When someone is calling them out on it, it doesn’t mean that they are saying that the program that they root for is clean. Now get back to building Legos and watching Nickelodeon and leave the football to the bigger boys.

  19. irishlad19 says: Aug 17, 2014 2:32 PM

    Despite all the shots above at ND, the difference is that ND doesn’t hide it or try to minimize it; they’ve openly acknowledged a self-discovered questionable situation and are conducting an Academic investigation with no participation by the Athletic Dept.
    Not many schools with top 25 CFB programs would handle it so transparently.
    Mock them if you choose, but doing so indicates a lack of intellectual depth.

  20. corvusrex96 says: Aug 18, 2014 1:23 PM

    When the NCAA schools runs a billion dollar for profit minor league football operation, why are people surprised that some athletes are not going along with the charade of pretending to be a student?

  21. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 20, 2014 10:03 PM

    Irishlad,

    Notre Dame is corrupt,period.

    Whether it is Declan Sullivan, Manti Te’o’s failed Heisman run because of a “dead” girlfriend, or the four student athletes guilty of academic fraud, Notre Dame protects the brand.

    Notre Dame is always reactive, not proactive. Notre Dame always has prepared text ready from the public relations department or sports information department outlining “shock”, “surprise” or “disappointment” on situations that they themselves control.

    To wit, With winds approaching 35 miles an hour, what was so important for Kelly to have film of a practice when they were not going to even attempt passing drills at the afternoon workout? Why send the kid up in that wind?

    Most Division I schools usually vet stories on players before having stories released and encouraged by a Sports Information Department. Te’o outright lied about the girlfriend,much to the chagrin of the Notre Dame football team who knew Te’o didn’t have a girlfriend.

    Meeting at the Stanford game? Pure fabrication. The only reason Notre Dame ran with it was that a fledgling Heisman run was in the offing to enhance the brand and it was only when Notre Dame found out they were going to be “punked” on a national stage did they throw Te’o
    under the bus with a “staged” interview to play damage control.

    Kelly already has prepared himself for the 4 kids to be gone from Notre Dame despite the
    vaunted tutoring and class accountability program that the football coaching staff tout,

    As to the sanctimonious attitude that Notre Dame is the only one that has high academics and
    self report educational infractions, does Stanford ring a bell? Duke? Alabama? Vanderbilt? the B1G? the PAC-12? No, these schools flunk the kids and make them earn their way back.
    Like Golston, these kids committed academic fraud and Notre Dame knows it. Kelly knows it
    and now the nation knows that Notre Dame cheats.

    RTR

  22. pigskin6900 says: Aug 20, 2014 11:05 PM

    Lets see, if I was applying for a job with a fortune five company would I rather have a degree from Notre Dame, or Oklahoma, LSU, Alabama, FSU……or most other top 25 football powerhouse programs.

    True cheaters would not have reported it…that is the most relevant aspect most people are missing.

    Not to pick on PSU, but not reporting Sandusky…get my point

  23. frank booth says: Aug 21, 2014 11:47 AM

    So they are not reporting the other things? It’s possible that Notre Dame knew the info was going to come out, so they released the information on their terms. Another question would be how long ago they knew this happened and kept it under wraps.

    It’s major college football, and there is a lot of money at stake. Notre Dame engages in the same type of activities to get and maintain recruits, and make sure that they are eligible to play. The Notre Dame “we’re cleaner than everyone else” mantra has worn thin, and as we have seen over the past few years, they are no different than any other school when it comes to football programs.

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