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Nov. 24, 2014 Issue

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

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FAN FORUM DEAFENING SILENCE The end results of the academic fraud investigation are as foggy as a CIA plot. No one has actually said if any of the accused are guilty or not. One of them, Eiler Hardy, has returned. Does that mean that he is willing to lose half a season because he is more interested in graduating and getting on with life, or did being suspended for six games punish him? KeiVarae Russell, Ishaq Williams and DaVaris Daniels have left school with the intention to come back next season. Is that because they would rather redshirt for an already half lost season, or because they have been kicked out for the semester? Kendall Moore, who has already graduated, is ready to get on with life. After taking more time than a con- gressional committee debating a pipe- line, the administration comes up with no public statement of guilt or inno- cence. Their excuse: student privacy. What a crock! These kids have already been hung out to dry as cheaters on every media outlet in the country. That was done by the university when it made the accusation, allowing them to be fried in public, and now it's time for the university to admit that they did cheat or to admit that it screwed up and wasted a year of each kid's lives. You throw the kids to the media wolves and then try to tell us you care about their privacy? I think not. The university can pontificate all it wants about its immaculate aca- demic standards and about student coming before athlete, and consider- ing everything, they would be cor- rect to do so, but the fact remains that the university lives off the notoriety that it has worked overtime to create surrounding the football program. Is there anyone so naïve that they don't understand that a huge part of the uni- versity's proudly touted endowment is a result of "The Four Horsemen, The Gipper and Cheer, cheer for old Notre Dame?" Leadership, a highly touted qual- BE HEARD! Send your letters to: Letters Blue & Gold Illustrated P. O. Box 1007 Notre Dame, IN 46556 or e-mail to: Whether wide receiver DaVaris Daniels will return to Notre Dame in 2015 remains unclear. PHOTO BY JOE RAYMOND

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