Report: Notre Dame dismisses four players tied to academic fraud

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WXYZ) - After losing starting quarterback Everett Golson, Notre Dame has once again found themselves in hot water.

On Friday the school announced wide receiver Devaris Daniels, defensive back KeiVarae Russell, defensive lineman Ishaq Williams, and linebacker Kendall Moore have all been suspended from football activities. The players allegedly violated the Notre Dame honor code by receiving improper help with classwork.

All four players were members of the 2012 team that lost to Alabama in the BCS title game.

Daniels and Williams started for the Fighting Irish last year. With TJ Jones gone, Daniels was expected to be a go to target after finishing second in receptions, yards, and receiving touchdowns in 2013. Russell was also projected to start this year as well.

This is the second investigation in two years for the Fighting Irish. Starting quarterback Golson missed the entire 2013 season after being dismissed for academic reasons.

Notre Dame begins its season on Aug. 30 at home against Rice and will face the Wolverines under the lights on Sept. 6.

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