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Academic misconduct investigation underway at Notre Dame

Aug 15, 2014, 5:10 PM EDT

DaVaris Daniels, Ricardo Allen AP

An investigation is taking place at Notre Dame, the university announced Friday. With a news conference scheduled for 6 p.m., four Notre Dame football players have been taken off the field and held out of practice and competition until the investigation is complete.

The investigation has uncovered potential NCAA violations, and Notre Dame has voluntarily discussed vacating any victory that took place if those suspended student-athletes are deemed to have been ineligible.

“Integrity is at the heart of our mission and academic misconduct will not be tolerated at Notre Dame,” Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the University’s president said in a statement. “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.”

Multiple reports have named DaVaris Daniels, Kendall Moore, KeiVarae Russell and Ishaq Williams as the four student athletes, and the violations to have occurred during the 2012 season. If that’s the case, Daniels played in 11 games that season, while Moore, Russell and Williams played in all 13.

Daniels, Russell and Williams are projected starters for the 2014 team.


  1. johngaltisspeaking - Aug 15, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Is it safe that installing Artificial turf caused these academic fraud issues. Imagine whats to come… Jeez poor ole notre dame.

    • irishmob89 - Aug 15, 2014 at 5:28 PM

      Well John, you wanted Notre Dame to be more like the SEC, your wish has been granted in this instance.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 15, 2014 at 5:41 PM

        In the SEC the players go to classes they can pass. At Notre Dame they get tutors who give them answers. Same thing different day. Its the culture now of Football. Its predominantly black and we all know most of these kids can’t pass 300 or 400 level classes. This just goes to show what I have always said ND is no different than any other University. People try to identify with something that is bigger than the individual. The bottom line ND is a corrupt University just like the rest of them. Its all about $$$$$ We should be known as Cheating U. I hope the book gets slapped on us because we are not better than anyone in the SEC… USC learned their lesson and they are flying on the straight and narrow.

      • tony34343434 - Aug 15, 2014 at 5:58 PM


        My father always said never argue with a moron but this once instance i will disobey his wise words.

        1. please don’t say we. you have nothing to do with the University. You are a sad individual that hates Notre Dame and has such a meanness life you follow the team that you hate EVERYDAY and comment on here. That is about as empty a life as i can imagine. The rest of us are either alum or love the irish.
        2. Notre Dame was recently ranked 18th in the Nation for Universities and colleges. To compare ND to any SEC school academically is moronic. Only one school is even within 100 spots of Notre Dame.
        3. Notre Dame suspends players for dishonesty when other schools do nothing for it. Bama had a player last year take money from a coach and was only suspended 2 games. Oklahoma has players arrested for assaulting women with no suspension the wide receiver from Mizzou was given a place on OK.
        4. Some people will take the easy way out, i am sure you did in life. That doesn’t tarnish ND at all.
        5. A Notre Dame grad will hear things like, ” yes sir”, ” i love your house” ” great boat”. I have a feeling the only thing you hear is can i have fries with that.

        again i never argue with a true moron so this will be my only response to your ignorant comments.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 15, 2014 at 6:44 PM

        Oh please ! Give it a break already…. Notre Dame is a vice just like drugs and alcohol and cheap women. Get off your high horse and come back down to reality. ND is not better than any other University. Moo Niggies Moo Problems.

      • blackirish23 - Aug 15, 2014 at 6:58 PM

        JohnGalt – you really must get a clue. The whole reason this is a big deal is because it happened at Notre Dame.

        When something like this happens at an SEC school, it’s called Thursday. When this happened at North Carolina (a good academic institution I might add), it barely made the 3rd segment on Sports Center.

        When this happens at Notre Dame, it’s the lead on Sports Center, and I guarantee you it will feature prominently on all the news shows tomorrow morning.

        The question you should be asking yourself is WHY? That’s because Notre Dame has a well established and unblemished record of being an academic institution of excellent reputation. Listen to the press conference the University President (Fr. Jenkins) just finished. He clearly states that this is not an athletic problem, it’s a student problem. The cheating occurred amongst a few students, four of whom happen to play football, hence all the publicity. And guess what, The University of Notre Dame contacted the NCAA, not the other way around.

        So yes, we love our university because of all that she stands for, and character is determined by what one does when faced with turbulent times, and the university is responding just as we all expect, with immaculate conviction for doing what is right for the students. If you see anything wrong with this picture, please go seek some help!!

        We are!! ND!!

      • nudeman - Aug 15, 2014 at 9:24 PM

        “When something like this happens at an SEC school it’s called Thursday”

        Best line – maybe ever – here

      • tedlinko - Aug 18, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        …Or Tuesday, maybe Friday. Take your pick really.

        Gotta agree Nude, best line I can remember.

  2. mtflsmitty - Aug 15, 2014 at 5:30 PM

    Sad day for the football program. As details emerge I hope there’s not more fall-out.

    Could be a great day for Notre Dame, the university…the institution. If it turns out the university has been above board, and there’s no sensible reason to believe otherwise, this investigation (though painful) may serve as Exhibit 3* that not all big time programs have abandoned the student-athlete.

    * Exhibits 1 and 2 were EG’s and DD’s first academic suspensions

    • mediocrebob - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      Jerian Grant and the hockey player as well.

      Nobody thinks that Notre Dame and the people that attend Notre Dame are perfect. Many try to use that against the University. The big difference, and I’ve stated this on here before, is that the University has the balls to actually hold the students and the student athletes accountable. People can say what they want. The truth is the truth. Notre Dame , along with a few other institutes across the country, have accountability and will handle this exactly as they have with athletes in recent months. If these players involved are found guilty, no matter what they may mean to the success on the field , they will be shown the door. There won’t be any hiding and there won’t be any excuses.

      As with any news regarding the Irish, there are going to be the ignorant that will get joy out of this situation. Let it go. The university and the football program will survive. I promise.

    • tucsonfan - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:03 PM

      ah, but they HAVE abandoned excellence and championships in football. Welcome once and for all to Ivy League ND.

      • liv4nd - Aug 16, 2014 at 12:25 AM


  3. grikes - Aug 15, 2014 at 5:34 PM

    ND won’t stand to be embarrassed and Kelly won’t stand to lose. How much longer can this marriage last? And getting rid of him would be a major mistake.

  4. blackirish23 - Aug 15, 2014 at 5:40 PM

    Let’s just hope this doesn’t turn out to be as elaborate a system as they had in place at UNC.

    I have faith in my University that as always, we strive to do what is right and all will be well in the end.

    Go Irish!!

    • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 15, 2014 at 5:44 PM

      If your in the business to profit from Athletics be prepared for these sort of things. The bottom line most of athletes in this count are all meat heads.

      • irishmob89 - Aug 15, 2014 at 5:49 PM

        I think Notre Dame’s graduation rate would disagree. There are always a few bad eggs at every university, including Notre Dame, but for you to stereotype every black athlete just shows you have no idea what you’re talking about when it comes to academics. Corey Robinson is a highly intelligent young man and he’s black. His father graduated with honors from the US Naval Academy. I forget what his name was, but there was recently a black Notre Dame lineman who went to law school.

      • jommy995 - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:18 PM

        David. His name is David. David Robinson. He is 7 feet tall and won the NBA MVP. How do you for get the man’s name? Or did you mean Chris Zorich?

      • 1historian - Aug 17, 2014 at 4:17 PM

        I disagree with what you seemed to want to say but I also object to the fact that you can’t spell (your) and you can’t tell the difference between singular and plural (these sort of things). If you would kindly take the time to get your head around little details like that your statements might make some sense.


  5. mayesdays - Aug 15, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    We all think of this stuff as fans. Meaning what kind of impact will it have on the football team in terms of wins and losses. However, what about the fact that these guys pi$$ed away an opportunity of a lifetime football related or not. It’s more disappointing than anything and in retrospect part of today’s society. I hope ND will always have it’s high standards because the rest of society is ok with the alternative. If that means no National Championships I am ok with that. At least I know there is a place in this jacked up world that still values integrity and honesty.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 15, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Yeah Stanford

    • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 15, 2014 at 5:52 PM

      Yeah Stanford

    • mtflsmitty - Aug 15, 2014 at 6:33 PM

      Your point re these guys wasting a great oppty is well made. You’re 100% right.

  6. johngaltisspeaking - Aug 15, 2014 at 5:49 PM

    Notre Dame announced it has opened an investigation into potential “academic dishonesty” involving several university students including some members of the football program. Sources tell Blue & Gold Illustrated that as many as 22 students from previous football teams could be involved in the investigat

    Now you know why Tuitt and Nix Bolted… This is gonna be bad……

    Anyone want to buy tickets for ND let me know.

    • papadec - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:37 PM

      Already have my tickets – thank you.

  7. irishdog80 - Aug 15, 2014 at 5:57 PM

    Only fools jump to conclusions, generalizations and proclomations without all the information. Look up the concept of “Confirmation Bias”, we all can “suffer” from it to varying degrees…some more than others.

  8. irishdodger - Aug 15, 2014 at 6:28 PM

    Lower the standards to put ND on a level playing field w/ rest of Big 5 members or shut the program down.

  9. johngaltisspeaking - Aug 15, 2014 at 6:34 PM

    This is gonna murder our recruiting class./ WE could lose another 10 to 15 players by the time this is all done

  10. seadomer - Aug 15, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Why do we all focus on the potential negatives, until the investigation is complete, for all we know, it is a clever marketing tool to distract all the trolls and opposing coaches thinking we are lacking and underestimate our squad. Also, it clogs up airtime further “promotes” the ND brand (free publicity).
    It is a win- win regardless of the result. If punishment is dished, I know it will be a benchmark that most FBS schools wouldn’t even contemplate. Conversely, if the suspected are cleared, it shows how meticulous and responsible ND is when addressing student-athlete. Either way, ND’s integrity and unwavering standard will be shown.
    Go Irish Go!

  11. nudeman - Aug 15, 2014 at 6:47 PM

    Have to say something somewhat harsh here that I might regret if the facts come out differently than what they appear right now.

    If ND has to vacate wins, I’ll never forgive these football players, and nobody more so than Ishaq who’s taken a scholarship, loafed through 3 years despite enormous talent and underachieved massively. Now it turns out he was just as lazy in the classroom, took the easy way out and is basically taking ND’s last 3 years (30 wins) down with him.

    I hope today they feel worse about themselves than any previous day in their lives.
    And I hope tomorrow eclipses that.

    • grikes - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      There’s nothing here that you should regret (not that you’re looking for approval from some unknown commenter). I’d say we’re further down the academic due process road than the press conference let on, with the names being released by “sources.” If you listen to a recent Kelly press conference, I was struck by just how noncommittal he was about Williams.

      I like Kelly a lot. I think he’s an underrated coach. I’ve read enough of your comments to know you think he can be an ineffective game day manager. I somewhat disagree. But when issue after issue keeps popping up, the buck has to stop somewhere. At some point, “failure in leadership” has to be tossed around despite the fact that he’s coaching in an atmosphere with both the highest expectations and the standards. He knew what he was signing up for.

    • blackirish23 - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:04 PM

      Nude – perhaps I’m alone on this but what’s the big deal about vacated wins anyway? We all saw the games with our own eyes and we know what happened, and I have the DVD’s to prove it.

      So what? They take away some banners from the building and some t-shirts become irrelevant? History is one thing we know can never be erased, especially when it has been witnessed by so many.

      Your personal regard for Ishaq on the other hand is understandable:-)

      • jerseyirish10 - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:22 PM

        It’s because there are dozens of other young men who worked hard (and seems harder) in the classroom AND on the field that fought for those wins. It’s all the students who give their time, working on cleaning up, getting water, spraying the gold helmets, that worked hard for those wins. Yes, they can think back and know they won those games but to have that act of vacating those wins will hurt them because someone couldn’t handle the workload. For us, maybe not so much but they still hurt. These guys, if proven to have done what all the reports say they did, don’t deserve to be included in those hard fought wins. I remember watching that segment on the impressive and way over the top academic support center all the kids have at their fingers tips. This is just lazy. They have programs and a process set up that if you are struggling, they will help you. They want to help you, they don’t want you to fail but looks like these guys, took the easy way out.

      • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:30 PM

        You guys sound like the fans from USC when they had to give up their NC. Woow did I just say that notre Dame and USC have something in common.

      • nudeman - Aug 15, 2014 at 9:40 PM

        jerseyirish has it right.

        Ishaq got that scholarship due to some sleight of hand by Diaco, snatching him from the jaws of Penn State. Then he wanted to quit his frosh year and I believe he actually went home for a couple weeks. Bottom line: He’s never wanted to be at ND and it’s been obvious on the field for 3 years. Now we find out he’s even worse in the classroom.

        There are hundreds of HS seniors every year who’d give anything to play football at ND. They run slightly slower 40s and are a few lbs too light. Many end up at lesser schools and wonder “what if?”. Some of them come to ND on their own dime, become walk ons, never play a down but are just proud to be on the team.

        Then slobs like Ishaq come along and figuratively just sh** all over the University and give the finger to kids like this. All that talent. He and his ilk make me sick.

        Again … if it turns out that I’ve prejudged and misjudged him, I’ll be the first to apologize.

      • jommy995 - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:27 PM

        Then he did us a favor by self-ejecting before getting a chance to start.

        As to vacated wins, I got a concussion playing HS middle linebacker against a team who was playing an ineligible player. They retroactively forfeited. I still remember the concussion and how bad my head hurt the next few days. And I remember from watching game film how there were grass stains on only one side of my uniform. The back side. The forfeit didn’t help those memories one bit.

      • blackirish23 - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:10 PM

        Point well made Jersey and Nude.

  12. NotreDan - Aug 15, 2014 at 6:55 PM

    I think most of us here are fans of Notre Dame, each of us for our own reasons. Despite what may or may not be happening with this investigation I choose to still be a fan of Notre Dame. I’m quite certain that it will indeed be a bitter pill to swallow but we as fans and Notre Dame as an institution need to learn from it and move on.

  13. jerseyshorendfan1 - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:18 PM

    I heard some of this goes back to 2012. Investigators are trying to question Lennay Kekua about whether she wrote a paper for Manti, but they’ve been unable to locate her. Imagine if we won the NC in 2012 and it was taken away… would be the second biggest college football story of all time, second only to us actually beating Bama. Seriously though, some of y’all are pretty worked up over this. Let the investigation play out, take some deep breaths and we’ll be fine. Our opponents can’t run every offensive play at the hole where Russell should be and Daniels wasn’t going to be the focus of our offense anyway. Moore and Ishaq are non-issues if you ask me. They just free up some scholarships for those kids out there that want to do things the right way.

  14. fnc111 - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    Poor old john galt when lightning strikes you dead.

  15. fnc111 - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:37 PM

    Too bad the St. Louis cop didn’t shoot john.

  16. audiguy - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:42 PM

    Hey John,
    Just a few obvious differences. I am a ND fan and several members of my family attended. I just got home from work. You are on an ND blog and I am not on whatever SEC blog you may be on. Maybe you should get a day job and stay off of this one. I’m sure your tired of hearing ” supersize it”

    • jommy995 - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:32 PM

      JG is annoying, but don’t lose your class over his comments. Going to ND doesn’t equate to having a better job than the rest of the world. And even if it did, we’d be too classy to mention it.

  17. irishdodger - Aug 15, 2014 at 7:52 PM

    Worst case scenario: This goes back a few years and multiplies w/ former players under Kelly regime. Kelly is found to have had knowledge & gets fired or his hands are clean & he leaves for another job out of frustration.

    If that’s the case then ND is at a crossroads & should be forced to redefine who they really are. Will they remain a pillar of academic integrity? Fine, but you ain’t going to compete in big time CFB so go join the Ivy League. Or, lower the standards for athletes who play a revenue generating sport. The non-athlete alums will just have to swallow their pride if they want that money to keep flowing b/c ND cannot have their cake & eat it too anymore. They’re in Rust Belt, Indiana. No beaches, no bikinis…it’s not even close to Palo Alto. Now you want fatherless phenoms w/ learning disabilities to abide by the same rigorous academic standards AND succeed at football? You’re delusional. Make up your mind what you want to be ND & I’ll make up my mind who I’m going to continue rooting for in CFB.

    • goirishgo - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:13 PM

      No, no , no. A thousand times no. To strive for excellence in all things without cutting corners or breaking rules is an admirable and worthwhile endeavor. Taking the path least travelled what currently and will always set ND apart from those who take the easy way out.

      • goirishgo - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:14 PM

        …is what

      • ndgoldandblue - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:16 PM

        “Taking the path least traveled is what currently and will always set ND apart from those who take the easy way out.” My sentiments exactly. It reminds me of a quote from a great movie: “It’s supposed to be a challenge. That’s why they call it a shortcut. If it was easy, it would just be the way.” Living up to high academic standards, like the ones set by Notre Dame, may not be a shortcut to a degree, but it’s a shortcut to a better life after graduation.

      • jommy995 - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:35 PM

        Sheldon Day, Jaylen Smith, Justin Brent. Damn, Indiana produces some football talent!

    • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:44 PM

      Coming to our senses now… Once again like I have said over and over. ND needs to sit down and figure out who they are and how they are going to make it work. If ND cant recruit from the pool of talent and compete with double digit wins we are grasping at stars for a NC . I made comments about the Tutors giving answers to our players and once again I seem to be right. They made a comment that we could lose up to 20 players on the current roster. If that truly happens I think we all know that ND officially has joined the ranks of Yale and Harvard. The program is in Jeopardy and I would see all new expansion coming to a screaming hault. If we really lose 20 players this will be worse then the SMU sanctions. It could be a self imposed Death Sentence.

  18. glowplugv - Aug 15, 2014 at 8:44 PM

    I watched the full press conference. Facts so far is that papers/homework from the summer semester was in question. Yes Fr. Jenkins did say if it went back to 2012 and the player(s) would have been considered academically ineligible then forfeiting games would happen. While the fact he even brought this possibility was disturbing when pressed he did not say it had. So like others have said let it run its course. No matter what happens we are ND and we will do the right thing.

  19. danirish - Aug 15, 2014 at 9:22 PM

    Every so often johngaltispseaking slips that he is dickasman, oh well….

  20. ndnphx - Aug 15, 2014 at 9:47 PM

    Students were writing papers for other students – some of them athletes – when I was at ND in the ’70s. I may have written a paper or two myself. ‘Doubt things have changed much since. I am sure students write papers for other students – some of them athletes – at all D-1 schools.

    That said, this new revelation is going down hard with me. Every time this program seems primed to turn the corner, it runs smack into another self-inflicted detour. I don’t care what may or may not go on at other programs. We are freaking Notre Dame. This kind of thing should not happen to this extent here.

    That a group of players – not just an individual – are involved suggests to me a systemic problem. What culture, and leadership, must exist in that locker room if groups of players (all of whom are upperclassmen) think they can thumb their noses at what the program is supposed to stand for?

    Granted, each individual is responsible for his own behavior. That does not absolve the program leadership of cracking whatever whip was necessary to demand each individual understand the expected parameters of that behavior. Today’s stain is bleeding in all directions. Some of it up.

    • jommy995 - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:39 PM

      There should be people in the athletic department whose job description includes looking out for this kind of thing. None of them should have the title head coach.

    • johngaltisspeaking - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:01 PM

      Why even attend notre Dame when you know you have to do the work.

  21. newmexicoirish - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    This is such a disappointment on so many levels for me. I certainly don’t want to sterotype or cast aspersions, but I’m guessing these young men come from some pretty humble backgrounds. They get into a university like Notre Dame where they have a genuine chance to completely change not only their lives, but that of their families too, and then do something like this.
    I agree with nude. If they’re that damn lazy and have such little regard for the university, their team mates, and numerous other people who put their faith in them, then I hope they all feel like crap about themselves. For Nude it’s Ishaq, for me it’s Daniels – this is his second infraction. Once is a mistake, twice is a habit!
    If you can’t handle the academic rigors of Notre Dame then you shouldn’t be there. If you can get it done in the classroom, but don’t have the character to do so, then you shouldn’t be at Notre Dame.
    Best of luck to the guys who were playing behind them!

    Go Irish!

  22. barkleyblows - Aug 15, 2014 at 10:54 PM


  23. johngaltisspeaking - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    Notre Dame is sounding more and more like an egg head school than ever before. Big deal the kids found a way to pull one over on notre Dame the should be commended. Now back to USC kicking our ass.

  24. rcali - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:23 PM

    Ha ha, yes feel free to “take” those victories away. Hysterical. That’s my favorite penalty.

  25. rpbags - Aug 15, 2014 at 11:41 PM

    The selfish acts of a few will now cost many!!!! Does not matter if it was 22 or 4 because this is not going to end well for ND and this will affect us for years to come. To all that were involved i hope it was worth cheating for your grades and taking the university down with you…..Unreal…..If this was the Little 10 or the Sec this is just business as usual but this is ND and it is always different here…..Had really high hopes for this season but now i just hope we can play in a bowl game by 2017…….

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