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Hardy and Shumate don’t make trip due to rules violation

Nov 29, 2013, 6:55 PM EST

Matt Cashore Matt Cashore

Notre Dame safeties Eilar Hardy and Elijah Shumate won’t be available for the regular season finale against Stanford. Rumors swirled late Thursday evening that the two safeties wouldn’t be traveling with the team to Palo Alto. Brian Kelly confirmed those rumors Friday afternoon from Northern California, citing a violation of team rules.

Here’s the official word from ND:

“Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly confirmed that neither sophomore safety Elijah Shumate nor junior safety Eilar Hardy traveled to Stanford this weekend due to a violation of team rules.”

Irish Illustrated’s Pete Sampson spoke with Hardy’s father earlier today, who confirmed the rumor.

Prior to the news that Shumate wouldn’t be traveling, word was that the sophomore safety aggravated a hamstring injury. It’s an injury that’s plagued him for much of the season’s second half.

Hardy was just starting to make his presence felt in the safety rotation, among the team’s tackle leaders the past few games. He’ll give back some of those reps to Austin Collinsworth and Matthias Farley. Neither veteran has been overly impressive this year.

The one-game suspensions also likely push freshman Max Redfield into the rotation. 

  1. rdw71 - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:14 PM

    Louis Nix goes down, Kona Schwenke, then Jarron Jones shine. Danny Spond goes down, Jaylon Smith shines. Last year Lo Wood goes down, Russell shines, Golson goes down, Rees shines. Tomorrow should be Redfield’s coming-out party..

    • scottatnd - Nov 30, 2013 at 8:28 AM

      I’d give a weeks pay to see that come true.

  2. wisner74 - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:24 PM

    This is very disappointing. Hardy was finally getting real playing time and then he pulls this?!?

    • dickasman - Nov 29, 2013 at 10:14 PM

      Well Harry hangovers are a btch don’t you know? Kids these days I tell ya. Unreal. We have heirs man hopeful this year who is accused of rape, last years took money for autographs. Nobody does it right anymore.

  3. irishdodger - Nov 29, 2013 at 7:30 PM

    Another brick on the wall. This game just got uglier. Farley can’t tackle a bag of leaves & Collinsworth gets deked by my grandma. This game is going to be an ugly end to an ugly season.

  4. ajw21 - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    Yes this has been a disappointing season recordsm wise but why are so many fans this negative? Enjoy this season and the good wins we had, Mich St, Ariz St, USC.
    If you always expect 10-11 wins and get all crabby when we dont, I feel bad for you. These are 18-21 year olds trying their best. Have fun and enjoy the ride, it doesn’t last long.
    FYI: Side not, if I am not mistaken Golson was late to a meeting last yr and misses 3 plays and Hardy & Shumate miss the entire game?
    Double standards is something that can pull a team apart. Just an observation.
    Go Irish!

    • dudeacow - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:14 PM

      I’m not completely sure that being late to a meeting is a violation of team rules, just frowned upon. Smoking pot, on the other hand (like Wood and Utopo last year), is. I don’t know what stunt these guys did. Maybe BK was mad that they were tackling, aiding in run support, and covering guys. How dare our safeties do that!

      • mtflsmitty - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:22 AM

        Dude, Your remark about Wood last year…I assume you’re talking about Cierre? I had forgotten about that.

        Outside of the 11 ND fans here in Houston, Im not sure if anyone had noticed this story but, Cierre Wood made the final roster for the Texans as an undrafted free agent. He had a great preseason. Two weeks into the season Cierre gets booted from the team for smoking weed.

        WHAT COULD HAVE BEEN:
        Arian Foster goes down for the season the following week, and Ben Tate cracks four ribs the same week. Cierre would have gotten a ton of touches this season, if not for violating the same team rule that burned him last year. So no degree from ND, no NFL career, but a wife and child to support. What a shame.

      • wisner74 - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        Smitty – Yeah, we saw that story up in Chicago too. Wood leaves school early because he has a family to support, and then he pulls that crap. Very disappointing.

        The only good news there is that Wood has been picked up by the Patriots (I think) and is on their practice squad.

      • blueragtop - Nov 30, 2013 at 4:45 PM

        Not that I condone what he did in Houston, but Cierre Wood did graduate. He redshirted his freshman year, so even though he had a year of eligibility left, he attended ND for 4 years and did graduate.

      • webbstephend - Dec 1, 2013 at 2:32 PM

        @Smitty

        I am one of the 11 ND fans here in Houston so you can imagine my disappointment when Cierre was booted off the Texans. I was really looking forward to watching him play in H-town! His suspension at ND even cost him the starting job which was essentially given to Theo Riddick. So, not only did he lose his starting gig while in college for doing stupid stuff, but he also lost the biggest thing in his career, an opportunity! With Tate and Foster out, he would have been the featured back. Ask Tom Brady about how he utilized his opportunity or Tony Romo. Even closer to home, ask Arian Foster! Just a shame! The only person I feel sorry for is his daughter.

  5. tony34343434 - Nov 29, 2013 at 8:38 PM

    I know this is a tough loss but this is what makes Notre Dame different from any other major university. Bama, USC, LSU would never suspend any player nor would they ever kick the QB out of school. Bama had a player taking money from a coach and got a 2 game suspension. We are a University not minor league football. We are the Fighting Irish! Go Irish!!!

    • onward2victory - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:18 AM

      So true Tony! I mean didn’t the Honey Badger say that he got caught using “too many times to remember” before LSU suspended him?! Can you imagine a ND player getting caught smoking weed more than a few times and not getting kicked off the team?? Plus, what other school would suspend their starting QB for cheating on a test?? Definitely none that you just mentioned.

  6. mediocrebob - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    More Farley sounds not good. For the Irishdodgers of the world…I’m sorry you’re so disappointed in the season. You make me feel so sad. Poor you.

    Just kidding. I do feel bad for you though. Anyone who honestly thought the Irish were winning 10-11 this year were drinking the proverbial “kool aid” and didn’t know exactly what this team was up against BEFORE the injuries. Cheer up champ. There’s a reason they’re playing the game tomorrow.

    What are the words? “What though the odds be great or small…”

    Go Irish. Beat tree

  7. viktory2013 - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Okay guys, we’re all a bit tense pregame…how about a little levity? Read this in the L.A. Times, good for a hoot.

    What do you get when you drive quickly through the Auburn campus? An undergraduate degree.

    You might be a Florida Gator if…your house doesn’t have curtains but your truck does.

    Why did the Michigan Wolverines student sell his water skis? He couldn’t find a lake with a hill in it.

    How do you keep Clemson out of the end zone? Put it in a library.

    Why can’t Oklahoma fans dial 911 in an emergency? They can’t find “11” on their phones.

    One of the most common phrases used by Alabama alums: “You want fries with that?”

    What does a Notre Dame graduate usually call a Stanford graduate? Boss. (sorry)

    What does the average South Carolina student get on his SAT? Drool.

    You hear about the Oregon St. fan who broke his legs raking leaves? He fell out of the tree.

    How do you keep an Arizona player out of the yard? Put up a sign that says “Rose Bowl”

    What is “Hee Haw” called in Arkansas? A documentary. Best thing to come out of the state? I-40

    Why is SC a private school? Because no one wants it known publicly known that they went there.

    What do you call 30 UCLA students in a basement? The whine cellar.

    How did the Oklahoma St. student die from drinking milk? The cow fell on him.

    Why do Kentucky players put TGIF on their shoes? “Toes go in first.”

    North Carolina adopted a new honor system: Yes, Your Honor. No, Your Honor.

    Why can’t Stanford farmers raise chickens? They plant the eggs too deep.

  8. cbusdomer - Nov 29, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    I hate to see these 2 not make the trip this way but I have been waiting all season to see Mad Max in real action and in his home state vs the #8 team in the country.What a homecoming it will be for this young man. I expect big things from this kid. Go Irish!!!!!

  9. irishdodger - Nov 29, 2013 at 10:21 PM

    @mediocrebob:

    That’s cute but I actually predicted 8-4 as a best case scenario after Golson was suspended. Sorry I’m not as Pollyannish as u….I just call em like I see em. Even every member of Irish Illustrated predicted a Stanford win, so I guess u feel sorry for them, too? Some fans are just too touchy. Relax.

    • mediocrebob - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:20 AM

      I’m very relaxed. Seem to be more relaxed than most of people. Bc if you predicted 8-4, you should realize that the Irish really have nothing to lose tonight. ( get it? Bc they’re 8-3 right now) So cheer up bud. And don’t call me cute anymore. Rubs me the wrong way.

      Go Irish. Suck it tree

  10. whiskeystraight - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:50 AM

    So and so can’t play. This is a microcosm of ND’s season. The best guy can’t play so someone has to fill in. This can end in disappointment or success, and I have no control. Either way, it’s pretty clear that better things are on the horizon.

    The depth on the O-line is as good as I have ever seen it. Having witnessed the past few seasons and recruiting classes ND will be fine on the O-line. Heitstand knows what he is doing. The rest of the offense is as talented as we have ever seen. Four deep at RB, 2 solid TE, and 5-6 guys at WR make me smile.

    They lost an endearing leader on the defensive side of the ball in Te’o, and it hurt. As the season went on different guys stepped forward from week to week. The D-line has been decimated by injuries yet ND has been in every game. The secondary is 1/2 WR (Russell is a DB he just didn’t know it yet). Next year will be the best defensive backfield in years. The talent is there, the opportunity hasn’t been yet.

    • viktory2013 - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:47 AM

      Good post, good points. Next season looks strong, the team will be well rounded.

      • wisner74 - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:46 PM

        Assuming Golson comes back strong, most of the questions will be on defense. If Tuitt comes back (keep your fingers crossed), and the other guys can be healthy (Day, Springman, Hounshell), the D-Line can be real good. There are some question marks at linebacker (will Ishaq arrive? will others emerge?). But the secondary should be much better with all the young talent and with the returning starters having a year more experience.

        With how good the offense should be, these are not huge obstacles to a special season. Assuming the football gods don’t frown on the Irish again, that is.

  11. yaketyyacc - Nov 30, 2013 at 7:20 AM

    victory2013, thanks for the levity. next year, and next year and next year. just an excuse for failure.
    yes, at Notre Dame 8-4 is a failure. no matter who you beat.
    what is the definition of failure? having all the ingredients for success and misusing them. so now why is next year going to be sooooooo different? again, we have all the ingredients, but our coaches will misuse them. I challenge you. Shut me up! Prove me wrong! you can’t. Like Rex Ryan the Super Bowl exists only in his big mouth, and for Brian Kelly, a game added to the schedule. Fantasy Land.

  12. theunicaller - Nov 30, 2013 at 7:42 AM

    It’s tough to say you have all the ingredients when your starting QB didn’t play all year, you lose your starting center, your DLine is playing Tyler Stockton in the 4th quarter, and your starting OLB retired in fall camp.

    • wisner74 - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:59 PM

      I agree 100%, Uni. But why even bother replying to Yak’s nonsense?

  13. somebadhatharry - Nov 30, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Yeah we’ve got all these weapons at WR, how many touches do Robinson, fuller, and brown get every game?? Forget touches…how many passes are even thrown to them??

  14. irish4life79 - Nov 30, 2013 at 12:07 PM

    Im going to stay optimistic and predict tht ND win or lose we will go toe to toe with stanford they are not a highscoring offense so I think we will be right there in the 4th this is a program building game BK must show he can have the team ready and focused from start to finish question is can BK finally get one big mistake free game the irish do need to play their best game maybe ishaq can have a big time game outta nowhere for once in his career like jj last week WE ARE ND !! Should be the gameday mantra /swagger

    • wisner74 - Nov 30, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      Punctuation, 4life!! punctuation!!

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