Kelly says investigation came as a ‘shock’
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said he experienced “shock” and “disappointment” when he found out from athletic director Jack Swarbrick four of his players were under investigation by the school for alleged academic fraud.
One of the four is junior cornerback KeiVarae Russell, a graduate of Mariner High School in Everett.
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Kelly, making his first public comments about the investigation school officials announced Friday, professed not to know a lot of information about the probe beyond the involvement of his four players.
“We hold our players to a very high standard here at Notre Dame; I believe Notre Dame to be vigilant on that end,” Kelly said. “We don’t say one thing and do the other.”
Kelly said the investigation is limited to Russell, receiver DaVaris Daniels, linebacker Kendall Moore and defensive end Ishaq Williams.
School officials reported evidence the four players — and several other students — submitted homework and papers that were not their own work was detected July 29; the investigation began shortly thereafter.
“I care for those four guys deeply,” Kelly said. “They’re a part of our program, but I have a job to do and I have another hundred players I have to be concerned with.”
The four players will have access to Notre Dame’s facilities. They can’t practice or participate in games during the investigation.
“As players, you don’t replace KeiVarae Russell,” Kelly said. “He’s one of the best corners we’ve had here in quite some time.”
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Gylfi Sigurdsson took advantage of poor defending to score the winning goal in the 72nd minute. United captain Wayne Rooney had tied the match after Ki Sung-yeung opened the scoring.
“We never played as a team — that is our error,” van Gaal said.
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