In the last year, five players, KeiVarae Russell, DaVaris Daniels, Eilar Hardy, Kendall Moore and Ishaq Williams, were suspended by Notre Dame following an investigation into academic fraud. Recently transferred quarterback Everett Golson was suspended in 2013 because of what he described as poor academic judgment.
On Thursday, head coach Brian Kelly admitted his team and university has an issue.
“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.
“So making sure that with the rigors that we put them in — playing on the road, playing night games, getting home at 4 o’clock in the morning, all of the demands that we place on them relative to the academics and going into an incredibly competitive academic classroom every day — we recognize this is a different group. And we have to provide all the resources necessary for them to succeed and don’t force them into finding shortcuts.”
Kelly added that he and the university will take the steps necessary to improve.