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DaVaris Daniels announces he's leaving Notre Dame

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DaVaris Daniels made 49 catches for 745 yards and seven touchdowns for Notre Dame last season.

Notre Dame wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, who was suspended in August as the school investigated alleged academic fraud, tweeted Tuesday that he is done at Notre Dame.

His father, former NFL defensive end Phillip Daniels, also announced the news on Twitter and seemed to express displeasure with the length of the process, tweeting "Finally after over 4 months my son got an answer! He is done at Notre Dame and will weigh his options for the future! #HeIsNDNoMore."

Phillip Daniels later deleted the tweet, though, and posted a tweet leaving the door open for his son to play for Notre Dame next season.

Daniels, who has NFL potential, was one of five players suspended by the Irish in August. Cornerback KeiVarae Russell, defensive end Ishaq Williams, safety Eilar Hardy and linebacker Kendall Moore were the others. Russell announced last week that he would not play this season. Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday that Russell and Williams have told him they will not be playing this season but would like to return to the team next season.

However, Moore announced Tuesday on Instagram that he will be leaving Notre Dame.


Notre Dame has rendered its decision. While it is disappointing, I will respectfully leave my alma mater as a proud May 2014 graduate of the institution that I have respectfully loved and given my best efforts during my college career. Regardless of this announced outcome, my personal and ethical integrity remain intact and I have honored my collegiate journey from the beginning straight through to this end and I will take on the next chapters in my life with the same progressive commitment to excellence, hard work and relentless determination toward unlimited success. I was raised to excel on every level and I want to thank my parents for their unwavering support and belief in me; their powerful words of love, encouragement and faith helped to sustain me through this process. I thank my family, friends and fans for the support. I want to thank Notre Dame for the opportunity and I wish my teammates and this program all of the success in the world.

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Hardy's situation remains uncertain.

The suspended players were allowed to attend classes, but Kelly held them out of team meetings.

In a release Aug. 15, the school said it found evidence late in the summer that students had turned in papers and homework that had been written for them by others and referred that evidence on July 29 to the compliance office on athletics.

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Daniels, Russell and Williams were projected starters for this season. Daniels was the Irish's leading returning receiver, and Russell the team's most talented defensive back.

Daniels also was suspended for the spring semester because of an academic issue.

Notre Dame has adjusted quite well to life without the quintet: The Irish are unbeaten (6-0) and play at Florida State (6-0) on Saturday in a game with major playoff implications.

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