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DaVaris Daniels announces he's leaving Notre Dame


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.

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.

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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