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Notre Dame HC Brian Kelly announced that the hearings of five players suspended for violating the school's academic conduct policy will take place by the end of next week.

Last month, the Fighting Irish suspended WR DaVaris Daniels, CB KeiVarae Russell, DE Ishaq Williams, LB Kendall Moore and DB Eilar Hardy while investigating claims of academic fraud. The quintet will miss their fourth game of the season against Syracuse in MetLife Stadium on Saturday. "It’s a very complicated situation, obviously," Kelly told ESPN.com. "There are a lot of pieces here. There are NCAA implications, certainly. We’re probably going down a path that [we've] never gone before, so there are things there." The school announced in its initial statement revealing the suspensions that it had received "evidence that students had submitted papers and homework that had been written for them by others."
Source: CBS Sports
Sep 23 - 6:55 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson went 25-for-30 for 259 yards, two touchdowns and zero interceptions in a 30-14 win versus Purdue on Saturday.

He also ran for 56 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Seriously, where's the rust? Golson has returned from a lost 2013 (suspension) to complete nearly 65-percent of his passes and throw for seven touchdowns against zero interceptions. Golson "has looked fantastic making pinpoint throws from the pocket, while giving coach Brian Kelly a sneaky dual-threat playmaker to use on the perimeter," NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks wrote last week. Brooks also wrote that NFL scouts could perceive Golson as "an intriguing prospect" due to Russell Wilson's pro success.
Sep 14 - 9:58 PM

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly announced that junior S Nicky Baratti will miss the remainder of the season with a shoulder injury, according to NBC's College Football Talk.

Baratti suffered the shoulder injury one play after he entered the game to replace replace Max Redfield, who had been had been ejected for targeting. Last season Baratti was lost for the year after he injured his shoulder when he suffered a dislocated shoulder in Notre Dame’s spring game.
Sep 14 - 6:30 PM

NFL Media Analyst Bucky Brooks believes Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson's name "should be inserted into the Heisman Trophy race conversation after watching the 6-1, 200-pound senior guide the Fighting Irish offense with exceptional efficiency and precision."

Last week against Michigan, the Notre Dame prospect completed 23-of-34 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns. Brooks adds that, Golson "has looked fantastic making pinpoint throws from the pocket, while giving coach Brian Kelly a sneaky dual-threat playmaker to use on the perimeter." Golson has a great opportunity this weekend, to have a monster outing against a struggling Purdue squad. The Fighting Irish signal-caller has completed 66 percent of his passes for 521 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions, and rushed for three touchdowns, across two early-season wins.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 12 - 4:14 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl writes that Notre Dame DTs Sheldon Day and Jarron Jones "are a handful inside."

"Notre Dame has taken a step back with edge rush but they are stout on the interior," Weidl wrote. That's quite the compliment considering the Fighting Irish lost DE/DT Stephon Tuitt and NT Louis Nix to the NFL. Fighting Irish coach Brian Kelly believes Day could be better than both Nix and Tuitt. "Sheldon Day can be the best lineman that we've had here. He's going to have to play a whole season and prove it on the field and stay healthy, but I believe he can be the best defensive lineman I've had here," Kelly told Sports Illustrated earlier this month.
Sep 10 - 7:53 PM

NFL scouts could perceive Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson as "an intriguing prospect" due to Russell Wilson's pro success, writes NFL.com's Bucky Brooks.

Golson completed 23-of-34 passes for 226 yards and three touchdowns in Saturday's win over Michigan. "I believe Everett Golson is going to be an interesting prospect to monitor going forward," Brooks wrote. "Although the Notre Dame star lacks prototypical dimensions (6-0, 200) for the pro game, he is a strong pocket passer with enough athleticism to make plays on the perimeter. With Russell Wilson emerging as a force in the NFL, evaluators could view Golson as an intriguing prospect due to his unique skill set." The Fighting Irish signal-caller has completed 66 percent of his passes for 521 yards, five touchdowns and zero interceptions, and rushed for three touchdowns, across two early-season wins.
Source: NFL.com
Sep 9 - 5:50 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl notes that Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson is executing the Notre Dame offense "at a very high level" with "improved velocity, accuracy and composure."

"Watching the ND vs Mich tape this morning. Golson is executing the offense at a very high level. Improved velocity, accuracy and composure," Weidl tweeted. Through two games, the Notre Dame QB has completed 66 percent of his passes for 521 yards with five touchdowns and no interceptions, while rushing for three touchdowns. On Saturday, Golson completed 23-of-34 passes for 226 yards with three touchdowns in Notre Dames' rout of Michigan.
Sep 9 - 4:23 PM

Scouts Inc.'s Kevin Weidl believes Notre Dame sophomore LB Jaylon Smith is an emerging talent.

Weidl calls Smith a playmaker with athleticism, speed and range. The evaluator also praised Notre Dame's speed in the back seven, saying it is more than they have had in a long time. Smith is not draft-eligible, but he is a linebacker in the mold of Ryan Shazier.
Sep 9 - 10:09 AM

Rotoworld's Josh Norris believes Notre Dame junior LT Ronnie Stanley could emerge as a top 50 selection if he decides to declare for the 2015 NFL Draft.

Stanley transitioned from right tackle to left tackle this offseason to fill in for the departed Zach Martin and has done so at a high level. Stanley has plenty of length and locates his target on first contact. Norris believes the tackle could be a bit stronger on first contact, but his athletic base results in a strong anchor. Stanley just needs to make sure he does not get complacent and let fast rushers turn the corner.
Source: Rotoworld
Sep 8 - 9:18 AM

Notre Dame announced a home-and-home series versus Ohio State in 2022 and 2023.

The schools will play in Columbus on Sept. 3, 2022 and in South Bend on Sept. 23, 2023. "I am excited we are able once again to bring these two programs together on the football field," Notre Dame vice president and athletics director Jack Swarbrick said. "Football games between Notre Dame and Ohio State make great sense from a strength-of-schedule standpoint. In addition, with (Ohio State athletics director) Gene Smith having both played and coached football at Notre Dame — and with (Ohio State head coach) Urban Meyer having served as an assistant football coach at Notre Dame — there are some obvious, high-profile connections between our two institutions." Mark your calendars.
Source: CSN Chicago
Sep 4 - 7:33 PM

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly believes junior DT Sheldon Day could be better than Louis Nix and Stephon Tuitt.

Both Nix (Texans, No. 83 overall) and Tuitt (Steelers, No. 46 overall) were Day 2 picks in last spring's draft. "Sheldon Day can be the best lineman that we've had here. He's going to have to play a whole season and prove it on the field and stay healthy, but I believe he can be the best defensive lineman I've had here," Kelly told Sports Illustrated. The 6-foot-2, 285-pound Day made six tackles in an opening weekend win over Rice, one for loss. "He's disruptive and athletic and has great work ethic," Kelly added. "He can play every snap. That wasn't the case with either Nix or Tuitt, who were great players in their own right. But they did not have the same work volume that Sheldon has."
Sep 2 - 5:51 PM

Notre Dame senior DB Austin Collinsworth has a strained MCL that will likely keep him sidelined for a couple weeks, reports Irish Illustrated.

Collinsworth missed the season-opening 48-17 win against Rice over the weekend. Fighting Irish HC Brian Kelly said after the contest that Collinsworth has a Grade 2 MCL sprain, and will miss two to four weeks. The fifth-year senior, the son of NFL broadcaster Cris Collinsworth, was hurt in practice on Thursday. Junior Elijah Shumate will start in Collinsworth's place.
Sep 1 - 1:18 PM

Notre Dame redshirt junior QB Everett Golson completed 14 of 22 attempts for 295 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 48-17 win over Rice.

Golson added three more touchdowns on the ground to go along with 41 yards. Golson displayed improved passing awareness, and even threw with the laces. At was an impressive return for Golson, who missed last season due to academic issues. Notre Dame has a good amount of talent on both sides of the ball.
Aug 30 - 7:16 PM

Notre Dame senior edge rusher Ishaq Williams has been dismissed from Notre Dame due to his involvement with academic fraud, according to Fox Sports' Bruce Feldman.

"The school conducted an internal investigation this summer, sources close to the program told FOX Sports," Feldman writes. "The investigation uncovered that the players had submitted papers and homework that were written for them by others." Williams has missed time due to injuries in the past, but he was expected to start for Notre Dame this season and offered some desirable NFL traits. The school's president refuted the "dismissed" portion of the report, but did say the four players are being held out of team activities.
Source: Fox Sports
Aug 18 - 11:16 AM

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly expressed concern and disappointment over the academic misconduct investigation into four Irish players.

"I knew coming to Notre Dame, and one of the reasons why I wanted to come here, was there are some core values as one of the preeminent Catholic institutions that you just can't compromise on, and that's integrity," Kelly said. "And if you see that something is going on that's not right -- and obviously through this investigation they found this out -- it's important that it's addressed. And so I applaud the university for doing that." The school will withhold DaVaris Daniels, KeiVarae Russell, Ishaq Williams and Kendall Moore from practices and games while it investigates potential academic misconduct. All four were on Notre Dame's 2012 team that went 12-1 and lost in the BCS national championship game to Alabama. Rev. John Jenkins, the school's president, said Friday that the school will vacate victories if the allegations are proven true. Kelly said he has no problem with that, and added that doing so wouldn't affect his perception of that team's accomplishments.
Source: ESPN.com
Aug 16 - 11:07 PM


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