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Daniels talks about his academic suspension

Feb 27, 2014, 3:24 PM EDT

DaVaris Daniels, Ricardo Allen AP

With Brian Kelly set to kickoff spring football tomorrow, one of his key players not taking part in practice opened up about life away from Notre Dame.

DaVaris Daniels, the Irish’s leading returning receiver, is away from school after failing to achieve a 2.0 grade-point-average during the fall semester. He spoke with CBS Sports’ Jeremy Fowler about how he got to where he is and how he plans to return to Notre Dame.

Daniels was candid in the interview, discussing what put him into academic peril, what he’s doing in Chicago, and the work he’s putting in to bring him back better than ever.

The entire piece is worth a read, but here are some interesting nuggets:

  • Daniels’ production dropped off because of injuries. Fowler reports that Daniels was battling plantar fasciitis, turf toe and a hip flexor issue throughout the middle of the season.
  • Daniels was on academic probation from the spring semester, likely confirming the rumors we heard about Daniels’ academic peril around the time Everett Golson was suspended for his Honor Code violation.
  • Daniels found out about his suspension as he boarded the plane to the Pinstripe Bowl. Daniels caught three passes for 25 yards during the game.
  • Notre Dame almost lost another underclassman to the NFL Draft, with Daniels nearly declaring for the draft before making the decision to rejoin his teammates and, “Come back, become one of the top receivers in the nation and see how it goes after that.”

If there’s a positive to this story, it’s that Daniels is taking full accountability for his failings in the classroom.

“I let those guys down, and put pressure on them instead of myself,” Daniels told Fowler. “It’s my fault. I didn’t put in the time and effort necessary… I’m going to carry that pain with me into next season.”

Daniels also talked about the challenges that come with being a student-athlete at Notre Dame, and how it doesn’t come with the shortcuts that exist at other schools.

“We all know Notre Dame is a hard school, especially for an athlete,” Daniels told Fowler. “You can’t really let up at any time. That’s what makes Notre Dame special. It definitely teaches you values that I don’t think you would get anywhere else.”

Daniels has gotten healthy, adding a reported eight pounds of muscle while continuing to work on a reported 4.4 forty and 42-inch vertical leap.

Daniels will return this summer with a degree in sociology still on track, even if he does want to test the NFL waters without playing out his fifth year of eligibility.He’s taking a philosophical approach to his absence, getting counsel from both his father, former Redskins All-Pro Phillip Daniels and quarterback Everett Golson. 

Brian Kelly has played a part in his support system as well, assuring Daniels that he’s the team’s top receiver and that he’ll learn from this bump in the road.



  1. hihochopsuey - Feb 27, 2014 at 3:47 PM

    Being a former student-athlete, the challenges are real. ND ultimately helps you grow as a student, an athlete, and as an individual. I’m glad to see that Daniels has stepped up.

    • dickasman - Feb 28, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      By golly he flunked “sociology”? Well that’s dumb. We still have that? I thought we got rid of it after Holtzie left. But glad to hear he’s taking accountability for his actions.


  2. fnc111 - Feb 27, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    I always liked his nickname DoubleD. After finding out about his grades it’s probably time to change it.

    • onward2victory - Feb 27, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      fnc, Lord knows 90% of your posts are asinine. But I have to give credit where credit is due, and this made me laugh.

    • dickasman - Feb 28, 2014 at 2:01 AM

      I dunno. Maybe he’s got big boobs?

  3. cpfirish - Feb 27, 2014 at 6:00 PM

    He is our best wide out on the team hands down!

    • nddude - Mar 4, 2014 at 12:45 PM

      He’s going to have to deal with the Robinson kid before we call him the #1 receiver

  4. mediocrebob - Feb 27, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    He gone after this year.

  5. fnc111 - Feb 27, 2014 at 10:26 PM


    That’s a better % than Keith says. He thinks it’s 99 percent crap coming from me hahaha. I’m improving. Go Irish!

    • goirishgo - Feb 28, 2014 at 8:44 AM

      Keith’s estimate is definitely low.

  6. irishdog80 - Feb 27, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    Yes, there are some “easy” courses at ND but there are no shortcuts. Your schedule might have two courses that are less challenging, but that is a lot for a typical Notre Dame student or student athlete. There are also some relatively “easier” majors at ND, but nothing that compares to some of the joke majors that players have at other schools. Schools like Alabama warehouse a lot of their marginal student athletes in General Studies Majors i.e. take every easy course on campus so you can stay eligible.

    Having the athletes live in the halls on campus and taking classes with real majors alongside regular students is the ND way and I would not want it to be any other way.

    Go Irish! Beat Rice (another fine academic institution)!

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