Report: 4 Notre Dame Starters Dismissed After Academic Fraud Investigation


Notre Dame fans were thrilled to have Everett Golson, who missed the entire 2013 after he was caught cheating on an exam, back for this year. But those good vibes have taken a serious hit today as more news of nefarious dealings in South Bend have surfaced.

This time, four starters have been dismissed from ND after the school conducted an internal investigation this summer, sources close to the program told FOX Sports.

The players involved are receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive back KeiVarae Russell, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams and linebacker Kendall Moore.

Uh oh. This is just like the scene in Rudy where DeBob does all of his pal’s homework in exchange for learning how to talk to girls.

The situation was described to Yahoo Sports as a potential “honor code violation,” which could result in the ineligibility of the players. Under NCAA protocol, if any fraud that occurred impacted players’ eligibility, the school could ultimately vacate victories. Both Daniels and Russell were significant players during Notre Dame’s 2012 season, when the Irish went 12-0 before losing to Alabama in the BCS Championship Game.

It’s not clear if the players involved will be able to return to the team a la Golson.

If you hurry, though, you can still get your money in on Rice to cover in the Aug. 30 opener before it goes bye-bye from the big board.

[Imave via Matt Cashore/USA Today Sports]

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