Phillip Daniels feels confident son DaVaris will be cleared

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The Irish practiced today without four suspended veterans, as an academic investigation continues at Notre Dame about potential Honor Code violations committed by DaVaris Daniels, Kendall Moore, KeiVarae Russell and Ishaq Williams.

And with rumors swirling and little actual info coming out of anyone inside the program, Phillip Daniels was a guest on NBC 5’s Sports Sunday, and spoke candidly about his son’s situation.

As you might expect, the former NFL-star wasn’t happy with the situation, especially with the troubling lack of clarity that’s come with the suspensions.

“I really think as a whole, Notre Dame has handled this really bad man,” Daniels told NBC 5. “I haven’t heard from the university. As a parent, I haven’t heard from the university, I haven’t heard from Coach Kelly.”

That lack of communication drew the ire of more than just Daniels, with a few national pundits taking Kelly and Notre Dame to task. Of course, the flip side of that coin is the thorny issue of student confidentiality, specifically the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA.

This segment is pulled directly from Notre Dame’s university website from the Parent’s FAQ page.

“Parents may want to inquire about their student’s grades or records; however, disclosure of this type of information is governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). FERPA is a federal law that helps protect the privacy of student education records. FERPA provides students the right to: (1) inspect and review their education records; (2) seek to amend those records; and (3) limit disclosure of information from their education records except in certain circumstances. FERPA applies to all institutions that are the recipients of federal aid administered by the Secretary of Education…

“The University will not provide access to nor disclose any personally identifiable information from a student’s education records without a signed and dated written consent of the student.”

The elder Daniels did say he caught up with assistant coach Tony Alford, but that even the coaching staff was shy on details, not surprising considering what we’ve heard from Brian Kelly and Jack Swarbrick.

But Daniels sounded confident that his son would be cleared of wrongdoing, shedding a light on some of the particulars of the incident, really the only inside information that’s come from anyone directly connected to the situation.

“I talked to DeVaris, and I was at ease when I talked to him,” Daniels said. “I know my son, I know he did the right things, he just came off of suspension, and the thing is, if he was getting so much help, I don’t think he would have went through the suspension in the first place.”

For more, check out this snippet, courtesy of NBC Chicago.