With the season opener with Rice just two weeks away, the Notre Dame football team is smarting over today’s (Aug. 15) punishment of four key players, multiple sources reported today.
All four of the players would have seen significant playing time when the No. 17 Irish host Rice in the season opener Aug. 30.
The accused will miss practice and possibly games because of possible “academic fraud.” It’s well known Notre Dame is one of the stricter schools in the NCAA and cherishes its “honor code.”
Careers may be on hold
Senior wideout DeVaris Daniels , junior cornerback KeiVarae Russell, senior defensive end Ishaq Williams and grad student linebacker Kendall Moore could miss the entire 2014 season. It is unclear whether any will have an opportunity to apply for reinstatement in 2015.
The four players, according to Yahoo Sports, were interviewed earlier today concerning issues stemming from an investigation conducted by Notre Dame officials this summer.
Everett Golson, who’s recently been named the Fighting Irish starting quarterback, missed all of 2013 in lieu of similar academic inconsistencies.
Daniels, who was set to be Golson’s primary target this fall, caught 49 passes for 745 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
Russell was stellar the past two seasons at pass coverage as well as run support. In 2013, Russell had 51 tackles, one interception and eight passes broke up.
Both Moore and Williams had 17 tackles a year ago, but were each expected to make significant contributions.
The troubles for Notre Dame may not end here. Sources close to the South Bend Tribune reported, “…a source told the South Bend Tribune the scale of alleged fraud is comparable to the highly publicized case at the University of North Carolina and that a former player or players could be tied in as well.”
Please comment below if the four dismissals will hurt ND’s national title hopes.