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Report: Notre Dame suspends four players connected to academic fraud

Internal investigation being conducted by the school

Thearon W. Henderson

Bruce Feldman of is reporting that four players players connected to an internal investigation of academic fraud have been dismissed from Notre Dame.

Starting cornerback KeiVarae Russell, starting defensive end Ishaq Williams, and starting wide receiver DaVaris Daniels are three of the players reportedly involved as well as backup linebacker Kendal Moore.

Russell was considered Notre Dame's top NFL prospect eligible after this season. Williams was slated to start at end on a defensive line that is lacking depth and experience. Daniels just returned to school from another academic issue and was touted as Everett Golson's number one option this upcoming season.

Keith Arnold just posted this tweet in regards to the situation:

Right now it is unclear whether the players have been dismissed or suspended. Notre Dame has not yet commented on the situation.

Pat Forde of Yahoo! mentioned in a story that he wrote about the investigation that, "Under NCAA protocol, if any fraud occurred impacted players' eligibility, the school could ultimately vacate victories."

Forde also added that "the school initiated the investigation and has handled the inquiry to this point."

So, at least Charles Robinson didn't bring it to Notre Dame's attention.

Update: Notre Dame just released a statement.

Most of what it written is already known, but it also included a direct quote from Rev. John I. Jenkins:

"Integrity is at the heart of our mission and academic misconduct will not be tolerated at Notre Dame," said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University's president. "If the suspected improprieties are proven, we will use the experience to reinforce among our students the importance of honesty in all that they do. We are also examining ways of better conveying to students that they can avail themselves of legitimate academic assistance without resorting to cheating."

Other news from the statement:

Updates from the press conference (in the form of tweets):

There are still a lot of unanswered questions right now and it does not sound like there will be a resolution any time soon. It appears that Brian Kelly's job is safe and obviously there will be more to come on this over the weekend and the weeks to come.