Academic misconduct investigation underway at Notre Dame

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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.