Blue and Gold Illustrated

Sept. 8, 2014 Issue

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BY LOU SOMOGYI T wo days prior to the season opener against Rice, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly indicated the univer- sity had informed him that its inves- tigation into possible academic fraud against four players — and then a fifth — had reached its conclusion. Next on the itinerary was turning it over to the Honor Code committee for hearings that were expected to take place the week of the Michigan game. On Aug. 15, the university an- nounced it was undertaking an in- vestigation into academic fraud that required withholding four football players from practice and team meet- ings (though they were still enrolled as students): fifth-year senior linebacker Kendall Moore, senior wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, senior defensive end Ishaq Williams and junior cornerback KeiVarae Russell. On the same day (Aug. 28) that Kelly said the investigation aspect had been finished, the university released a state- ment announcing that a fifth player had been removed from practicing and playing in games because of the results of the investigation. Senior safety Eilar Hardy was revealed to be that player UNDER THE DOME THE NEXT STEP The academic fraud investigation has ended, and the Honors Code committee will now act Head coach Brian Kelly believes the conclusion of the investigation provided some closure for his team and allowed it to focus on the season ahead. PHOTO BY JOE RAYMOND

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