Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly says four players under investigation by the university for whether they committed academic dishonesty, will not play Saturday versus Rice in the Irish season opener.
The four players include three starters: cornerback Keivarae Russell, wide receiver DaVaris Daniels & defensive lineman Ishaq Williams along with reserve linebacker Kendall Moore.
Kelly says the investigation is ongoing but that he has no update on a timetable. Kelly says he understands the honor code investigation is a process, previously having gone through it with Everett Golson. Kelly says he will likely seek out more information sometime next week. Kelly did not learn of the investigation until the day before the rest of the world did.
"I did not feel in this instance that I was at any time left out of the loop, felt as though I was blindsided by a long investigation," Kelly said Tuesday. "I think the information that was ascertained in this matter was pretty straightforward. It was quick, and once they were able to kind of confirm the information, [Athletic Director] Jack [Swarbrick] let me know."
"This is a process that's out of my hands. I've been through one already with Everett, so I know the workings of it. It does me no good to put a timetable on it. It does me no good to think about what day. I moved on and the process will take care of itself."
Kelly did say hypothetically if any of the players were cleared this week, it was 'doable' that they could play against Rice. The four are not practicing and not in team meetings but Kelly joked he didn't think they were 'sitting on the couch.'
Kelly says wide receiver Corey Robinson has a fracture in his thumb and had a pin placed in it on Friday but Robinson was back at practice on Monday and is a go for Saturday. Robinson is listed as a starter at wide receiver along with Chris Brown and Amir Carlisle.
Notre Dame and Rice will kickoff at 3:42pm Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium in the season opener. Countdown to Kickoff will get you started at 2pm on WNDU.
Kelly on when he found about academic investigation: "I never felt out of the loop or blindsided."