As expected, Kendall Moore took to Instagram yesterday and announced his departure from Notre Dame. The fifth-year linebacker was likely to play a reserve role for the Irish this season before the academic investigation took him off the field, ending his football career before his final season could start.
“Notre Dame has rendered its decision. While it is disappointing, I will respectfully leave my alma mater as a proud May 2014 graduate of the institution that I have respectfully loved and given my best efforts during my college career,” Moore said on Instagram.
The six-foot-1, 251-pound linebacker ended up playing in 39 career games for Notre Dame, making 37 tackles with three TFLs. He made a key interception in the Pinstripe Bowl against Rutgers, the final game of his career.
After being named Defensive Scout Team Player of the Year as a redshirt freshman in 2010, Moore struggled to beat out a talented group of inside linebackers like Manti Te’o, Dan Fox, Carlo Calabrese and Jarrett Grace, but carved a niche on special teams. He would’ve likely played a similar role on the 2014 team, though able to add a run-stopping presence and heft on the inside at linebacker.
Notre Dame has rendered its decision. While it is disappointing, I will respectfully leave my alma mater as a proud May 2014 graduate of the institution that I have respectfully loved and given my best efforts during my college career. Regardless of this announced outcome, my personal and ethical integrity remain intact and I have honored my collegiate journey from the beginning straight through to this end and I will take on the next chapters in my life with the same progressive commitment to excellence, hard work and relentless determination toward unlimited success. I was raised to excel on every level and I want to thank my parents for their unwavering support and belief in me; their powerful words of love, encouragement and faith helped to sustain me through this process. I thank my family, friends and fans for the support. I want to thank Notre Dame for the opportunity and I wish my teammates and this program all of the success in the world.