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Oct. 6, 2014 Issue

Blue & Gold Illustrated: America's Foremost Authority on Notre Dame Football

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BY DOUGLAS FARMER B rian Kelly's bachelor degree in political science may have never served him better than it has the last 40 days and 40 nights. In the six-plus weeks since university presi- dent Fr. John Jenkins and director of athletics Jack Swarbrick held a press conference announcing the opening of the on- going academic dishon- esty investigation, Kelly has been the lone Notre Dame voice speaking publicly on the progress of the process — or its lack thereof. With each media inquisition, Kelly has toed the party line, providing what little up- dates he may have, being careful to never reveal too much information. His professors at Assumption College would be proud of Kelly's rhetorical tap dancing. Kelly's latest updates — provided during his Sept. 23 and 25 press con- ferences previewing Syra- cuse — included the first mentions of an officially formed committee. "In talking to a couple of the players, they have scheduled hearings next Tuesday (Sept. 30) and Wednesday (Oct. 1)," Kelly said Sept. 25. "First- hand, I'm hearing Tues- day and Wednesday. I'm hearing second-hand that they're trying to get them all wrapped up by Thurs- day next week." That timeline indi- cates the fates of the five players — fifth-year se- nior linebacker Kendall Moore, senior wide re- ceiver DaVaris Daniels, senior safety Eilar Hardy, senior defensive end Ishaq Williams and junior UNDER THE DOME END IN SIGHT The ongoing academic investigation should conclude within another week Head coach Brian Kelly has remained supportive of the ongoing aca- demic dishonesty investigation, at least in public, even as he is the only member of the university to address it. PHOTO BY BILL PANZICA

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