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Notre Dame adds one more suspension to opener

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As Notre Dame continues to investigate an academic irregularity connected to members of the football program, the Fighting Irish have made a decision to suspend safety Eilar Hardy from team activities and games. That bring the suspension total up to five for this weekend in South Bend as a result of the ongoing investigation into academic dishonesty.

Hardy is a reserve player on the Notre Dame roster, but obvious depth concerns are mounting for the Irish defense in light of this potential academic scandal. Earlier this month Notre Dame suspended wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, linebacker Kendall Moore, cornerback KeiVarae Russell and defensive end Ishaq Williams. All five players will miss the season opener this weekend against Rice.

As noted by JJ Stankevitz on CSN Chicago, the Irish are still relatively deep at the safety position even with this latest suspension news. The Irish have Austin Collinsworth, Max Redfield, Elijah Shumate and Matthias Farley as well as Nicky Baratti available at the safety position.

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8 Responses to “Notre Dame adds one more suspension to opener”
  1. barkleyblows says: Aug 28, 2014 7:38 PM


  2. irishking says: Aug 28, 2014 7:40 PM

    and I thought things would get better but instead they get worse.

  3. amosalanzostagg says: Aug 28, 2014 9:11 PM

    Sounds like the tip of the iceberg. I wonder if Swarbrick and Jenkins are trying to ascertain just how deep the academic fraud is prevalent within the Notre Dame football team. You know, to protect the brand.


  4. irishdodger says: Aug 28, 2014 10:22 PM

    You Lemmings just don’t get it. ND is the one investigating & suspending. Nothing has been proven yet. If so, they’ll be gone. If not, they’ll be reinstated. It’s call due process. But either way you can hone your inferiority complex b/c if they’re proven to have violated the honor code, you can rejoice in them being caught as cheaters OR if they are cleared & proven innocent, you can be the predictable cynic & whine about a cover up. Either way, I feel sorry for you.

  5. irishking says: Aug 28, 2014 11:05 PM

    Dragging things out like this does a disservice to all concerned.

  6. bigedefense says: Aug 29, 2014 12:23 AM

    Did players cheat at Notre Dame? Possibly. Will ND do the right thing either way? Certainly. Say what you will, no one is perfect. Yes, that includes Notre Dame. I am a life long fan of the Irish & have rooted for them thru the god & not so good years. I, like most Irish fans, do not “claim” that ND is above or better than anyone. I have read those statements time & time again since this incident came to light. What I, and most Notre Dame fans, are proud of, and we do brag about it, is the fact that Notre Dame tries to do the right thing. Now, many “haters” would have sent numerous people affiliated with ND to prison over the years if they were “the judge”. What I find comical is, none of us, fans, non-fans, & “haters”, know the facts. All we know is what we hear, read, or sometimes make up. I am VERY proud that Notre Dame doesn’t rule on emotions, but rather facts. The media is not interested in reporting ALL the facts in news worthy events. If they did, people would know the deal, thus not watching, listening, or reading their stories. I guess one could call it a mild form of propaganda, if you will. I challenge ANY of you ND haters to show concrete proof of wrong doing & ND covering it up. YOU CANT because you, like the rest of us average Joe’s, are NOT privy to all the facts. Only speculation. Heaven forbid any of you “haters” be charged with a crime & be convicted on 100% speculation & rumors. I guarantee the screams you make on how you were wrong’d would shatter glass. Don’t like that one, ok, how about your child being accused of cheating in college? Would you be ok with them expelled on speculation & rumors, or would you DEMAND the facts? I think all logical people know the answer.

    There has only been 1 person to walk this Earth that was perfect, Jesus, and He was crusified! Notre Dame fans do NOT claim to be perfect, we claim to always try to do the right thing. The day Notre Dame puts football, or any extra curricular activity, above academics, that’s the day I find a new team to donate to and pull for.

  7. frank booth says: Aug 29, 2014 2:46 PM

    As @amosalonzostagg says, it’s all to protect the brand. The fans are complicit in this as well. ND, like any other program, will try to keep things under wraps for as long as they can, and then when an issue gets close to or comes to light, they suddenly announce “internal investigations”.

  8. 8to80texansblog says: Aug 29, 2014 4:17 PM

    I hope Rice wins…..

    It will give the A&M v Rice game next week some flavor….

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