Notre Dame wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, one of five players suspended due to academic misconduct , has announced his tenure at Notre Dame is over.
Heading into this season, Daniels was the Fighting Irish’ leading receiver. He finishes his career with 80 receptions, 1,235 receiving yards, and seven touchdowns.
Daniels’ father, Phillip, confirmed via Twitter that his son will indeed leave the university and explore other options.
Head coach Brian Kelly stated that fellow suspended players Ishaq Williams and KeiVarae Russell will not play at all this season but will return next year. The status of Kendall Moore and Eilar Hardy is currently unknown moving forward. A Notre Dame spokesman did say that all five suspended players are currently enrolled and partaking in classes.
ESPN is reporting Daniels did have the option to return to Notre Dame this summer but chose to move on instead.
“I just think that we’ve handled it with the right amount of respect and the right amount of understanding we all have to tend to our own business,” Kelly said. “We miss our teammates, we care for them, but yet we have our own lives that we have to move on, and our guys clearly understood that, and they’re here to get a degree and play football for Notre Dame.
Kelly continued to commend the group for how they’ve carried themselves throughout the ordeal.
“The easiest thing would be for them [current players] to be out on social media taking a side. They’ve stayed away from doing that. They’ve handled themselves with great maturity in a very difficult situation. So I think it’s been really the way we’ve handled it internally that has allowed them to stay focused on themselves and their teammates and doing their job on a day-to-day basis,” he said.
No. 5 Notre Dame has their biggest test of the season yet, traveling to Tallahassee to face the defending national champions, No. 2 Florida State. The Top five showdown will be the marquee game this weekend and will be broadcasted on ABC, Saturday at 8 p.m. ET.
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