Notre Dame suspends four players
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EditorsNote: updates with new information Notre Dame suspends four players
Four Notre Dame football players were suspended from football activities as the university investigates potential academic dishonesty that has the potential to be an NCAA violation, the school announced Friday.
The university did not release the names of players under suspicion, but media reports listed the four as wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive back KeiVarae Russell, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams and linebacker Kendall Moore.
Notre Dame said the players will be held out of practice and competition until the ongoing investigation and the university honor code process is completed.
The school noted that there was evidence of submitted papers and homework assignments being written by others for the players during the summer. The potential fraud was brought to the attention to the athletics compliance office on July 29 and the Office of General Counsel began an immediate investigation.
"Integrity is at the heart of our mission and academic misconduct will not be tolerated at Notre Dame," said Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., the university's president. "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."
If the university determines that an ineligible player was used in previous seasons, Notre Dame will forfeit any victories in which there was an ineligible participant.
"The university is committed to thorough resolution of this matter, consistent with its commitment to academic integrity and adherence to NCAA rules," Father Jenkins said.
A year ago, starting quarterback Everett Golson was suspended for the 2013 season after he was caught cheating on an exam. However, he was allowed to return to Notre Dame for the winter semester and is back as the starter.
Notre Dame, No. 17 in the USA Today coaches poll, opens the season Aug. 30 against Rice.
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