Another piece of finality has arrived in the ongoing suspensions of Notre Dame’s five football players. Wide receiver DaVaris Daniels will not return to Notre Dame.
Daniels’ father announced the news on Twitter while the wide receiver confirmed it via the same social media platform. When asked about Daniels’ fate during his Tuesday press conference, head coach Brian Kelly said he had not connected with the wide receiver, though didn’t refute the news.
JJ Stankevitz of CSN Chicago confirmed with a Notre Dame spokesman that Daniels remains enrolled at Notre Dame. But it appears any return to the field for the Irish will not happen, with Daniels exploring other options, likely a move to the NFL.
While the other four players have stayed mostly silent throughout the process, both Daniels and his father have been vocal on social media, with the father mostly professing his understandable frustration with the process as well as his son’s innocence while DaVaris mixed both gallows humor and the daily thinkings of a college student.
With KeiVarae Russell announcing his intent to return in 2015, the news that Daniels will be moving on from the university is noteworthy. While the fifth-year process usually includes applying to a graduate program, it’s unclear whether or not Daniels had that option.