We learned yesterday that Notre Dame Fighting Irish running back Greg Bryant was deemed academically ineligible and would not play for the team in 2015, and Bryant commented today via a post on his Instagram. A picture of himself looking forlorn has the following words: “It hurt. But I won’t stop.”
This certainly isn’t the end for Bryant, as Notre Dame has had a number of players in recent years be declared ineligible for academic reasons, only to come back and play for the team a year later. Two that come to mind are former quarterback Everett Golson, who transferred to Florida State this summer, and defensive back KeiVarae Russell, who is set to return this season after missing all of last year.
But for every Golson or Russell, there is a DaVaris Daniels. Like Russell, Daniels was deemed academically ineligible and was later found to be involved in an academic scandal at the university, but he opted to enter the NFL Draft and not return to school. He went undrafted and was then signed by the Minnesota Vikings.
Just what Bryant plans to do next remains to be seen, but his numbers last year suggest that returning to school in 2016 would be the best idea. He had just 289 yards and three touchdowns on 54 carries last season, and those stats don’t exactly scream draft pick.
Regardless, Campus Sports will update Bryant’s story as more information becomes available.
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