What the Foul?
SOUTH BEND, INDIANA — The Fighting Irish could be fighting academic eligibility after coach Brian Kelly admitted on Thursday that all of his players are at-risk and that Notre Dame will do its best to provide the necessary resources for players to succeed in the classroom. Maybe they should start with opening a book.
"I think we recognized that all of my football players are at-risk — all of them — really," Kelly told Notre Dame Insider. "Honestly, I don't know that any of our players would get into the school by themselves right now with the academic standards the way they are. Maybe one or two of our players that are on scholarship."
Last season five players — KeiVarae Russell, DeVaris Daniels, Eilar Hardy, Kendall Moore and Ishaq Williams — were suspended by Notre Dame amid an academic fraud investigation. Quarterback Everett Golson, who transferred to Florida State, was suspended in 2013 due to poor academic judgement.
Coach Kelly, Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins and Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick met during the off season to talk about the issues concerning players.
"I think we've clearly identified that we need to do better," Kelly told Notre Dame Insider. "And we're not afraid to look at any shortcomings that we do have and fix them, and provide the resources necessary for our guys. Our university has looked at that, and we're prepared to make sure that happens for our guys."