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Irish lose one more as investigation concludes

| Thursday, August 28, 2014

Irish senior safety Eilar Hardy will be held out of practice and competition, a University official confirmed Thursday evening.

Notre Dame announced this decision Thursday.

“As Notre Dame’s internal investigation relating to potential NCAA violations reaches its conclusion, a decision has been made to hold a fifth football player out from practice and competition,” a University spokesman announced in a statement. “As with all cases of suspected academic dishonesty, the matter will now be subject to the University’s honor code process.”

Hardy played in 10 games, making two starts, during his junior season in 2013. He notched 26 tackles.

Irish head coach Brian Kelly said during his regularly scheduled post-practice press conference that he has been informed the investigation has been closed.

“The investigation has concluded, and so for our football team, we feel like this brings a big part of closure for us,” Kelly said. “So now we can really just focus the next 48 hours on preparation for Rice.”

Irish junior cornerback KeiVarae Russell, senior receiver DaVaris Daniels, senior defensive end Ishaq Williams and graduate student linebacker Kendall Moore have been held out of practice and competition during Notre Dame’s ongoing academic investigation into “suspected academic dishonesty.” The University announced the investigation Aug. 15.

Kelly said no other players — other than the quintet — were missing from Thursday’s practice. Now, Kelly said it is his understanding of the University’s Honor Code that the charges and inquiries will be presented and then a hearing will commence.

“I don’t know what the outcome is going to be,” Kelly said. “But I do know that we are now moving very quickly because we’ve concluded the investigation.”

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Senior Sports Writer Mike Monaco is a senior majoring in Film, Television and Theatre with a minor in Journalism, Ethics, and Democracy as well as Business Economics. The O’Neill Hall native hails from the Boston area and is an aspiring play-by-play broadcaster.

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