The four Notre Dame players at the heart of the school’s academic probe will not play in the No. 17 Fighting Irish’s season opener Saturday against Rice. Wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive end Ishaq Williams, cornerback KeiVarae Russell and linebacker Kendall Moore have all been suspended since Aug. 15 following an investigation launched by the school surrounding potential academic misconduct. Daniels, Williams and Russell had been projected starters for this upcoming season but none of the four players involved were included in the depth chart released on Tuesday.
Head coach Brian Kelly said he will likely have more information on the status of the investigation from athletic director Jack Swarbrick at some point next week. The coach has not addressed the matter with his players since the news broke 11 days ago, saying they are fully aware of the school’s honor code and the expectations that they shoulder.