Notre Dame opened their academic fraud investigation on August 15th. At that time, four players (KeiVarae Russell, Ishaq Williams, DaVaris Daniels) were suspended from football practice and games indefinitely. Now, as the investigation close, another name is added to that infamous list.
Senior Safety Eilar Hardy did not find himself in the two-deep when preparations for Rice began this week. He finds himself not playing at all versus Rice. Brian Kelly announced following Thursday’s practice that a fifth player had been held out of practice. Although Kelly would not confirm the name of the player, Hardy was the only player not at Thursday’s practice. Kelly did confirm that Notre Dame concluded their investigation. He believed that no other players would be implicated.
Hardy played 10 games, starting against Pittsburgh and BYU in 2013. He recorded 26 tackles, 14 solo with 1 tackle for loss.
The honor council is the next step in the investigation or process for the five suspended players. Numerous rumors floated around the internet about who would return and who would not. If you believe in those rumors, everyone is coming back, none of them or anywhere between one and four.
Many suspect that there will be a resolution to this situation sometime before the matchup against Michigan.