Notre Dame Kicks 4 Starters Off Football Team for Academic Fraud

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Pat Forde of Yahoo Sports is reporting that Notre Dame has started a full scale investigation into academic fraud at the university involving football players and regular students as well.

According to the report, four members of the Fighting Irish football team were interviewed by school officials this morning.

Those involved could be in direct violation of the honor code.

Sources said four members of the football team were interviewed by school officials Friday: receiverDaVaris Daniels, defensive back KeiVarae Russell, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams and linebacker Kendall Moore. The probe also is looking at non-athletes, sources said.

The situation was described to Yahoo Sports as a potential “honor code violation,” which could result in the ineligibility of the players. Under NCAA protocol, if any fraud that occurred impacted players’ eligibility the school could ultimately vacate victories. Both Daniels and Russell were significant players during Notre Dame’s 2012 season, when the Irish went 12-0 before losing to Alabama in the BCS Championship Game.

Notre Dame starting quarterback Everett Golson missed all of last season after being kicked out of school for an academic violation of his own.

UPDATE:

Those four players interviewed by school officials, have been booted from the team.

This time, four starters have been dismissed from ND after the school conducted an internal investigation this summer, sources close to the program told FOX Sports.

 

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