Notre Dame investigates academic cheating by football players
Friday, August 22, 2014 at 8:02AM
Richard L. Cassin in DaVaris Daniels, Ishaq Willliams, Jack Swarbrick, KeiVarae Russell, Kendall Moore, Notre Dame, Rev. John Jenkins

The University of Notre Dame said last week it is investigating four football players among several students who may have committed academic fraud.

Athletic director Jack Swarbrick said the four players involved in the investigation are receiver DaVaris Daniels, cornerback KeiVarae Russell, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams, and linebacker Kendall Moore.

The players are being held out of practice but remain enrolled in the school.

They could be suspended or kicked out of Notre Dame permanently if they're found to have cheated.

Daniels, Russell, and Williams had been expected to be starters on this year's team.

Swarbrick said the investigation will go wherever the evidence "leads us.”

Notre Dame said there was evidence homework and papers submitted by the football players weren't their own.

The university compliance office learned of the evidence on July 29 and the investigation started soon after, the Chicago Tribune said.

A finding of cheating could result in Notre Dame forfeiting its 2012 season, when the football team went 12-1 and reached the BCS national championship game but lost to Alabama.

The Rev. John Jenkins, Notre Dame's president, said the school had notified the NCAA of the investigation.

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