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Kelly: Resolution on academic suspensions coming soon

DaVaris Daniels, Ricardo Allen

Notre Dame wide receiver DaVaris Daniels, left, pushes off Purdue cornerback Ricardo Allen on his way to an 82-yard touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game in West Lafayette, Ind., Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)


Brian Kelly appeared on the Dan Patrick show this morning and shed some light on the academic investigation that’s holding out DaVaris Daniels, Kendall Moore, KeiVarae Russell and Ishaq Williams.

In a conversation that made headlines for Kelly being a proponent of an eight-team playoff, the Irish head coach also talked candidly about the university’s process for dealing with the charges of academic dishonesty that were leveled against his four players.

When asked by Patrick how long the players will be suspended, Kelly responded by saying this:

“Until, I’m told, the investigation is complete and the process from an academic standpoint has been finished. That means hearings and they get their opportunity to obviously meet before the provost and again, there are decisions that are made outside my purview, but I understand that’s something now that school is in session that will happen here pretty quickly.”

That timeline has to be music to the ears of Irish fans, not to mention the four players who sit in limbo waiting for the wheels of academic justice to get cranking.

While much of this process has been shrouded in mystery, Notre Dame’s Office of General Counsel has been in charge of the investigation. Once that is complete, they’ll turn over their findings to the Honor Code Committee, a group that’s a combination of administrators, faculty and students.

As Rev. John Jenkins mentioned at the initial press conference discussing the investigation, the Honor Code proceedings are hardly black and white. As stated in the university’s official Honor Code document, there is no algorithm to dictate punishment, but if we are to believe that this academic misstep surrounds a single paper, it could be deemed a “minor violation,” something that shouldn’t jeopardize their enrollment in the university, but rather award them a 0 for the work in question.

Of course, until the investigation is complete, all we can work off are small parcels of information, piecing together quotes from Jenkins and athletic director Jack Swarbrick, all while doing our best to not pass along so much of the incorrect information that has already been reported.

But with the fall semester official started Tuesday, expect some type of resolution to come soon.

Here’s Kelly’s interview with Dan Patrick in its entirety.