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Davaris Daniels confirms semester suspension (UPDATED)

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)


Davaris Daniels’ future with the Notre Dame football program appears cloudy. Two sources close to the situation expect Daniels to be suspended for the spring semester for an academic issue, with a statement from the family likely coming later this afternoon.

Daniels should be eligible to compete next season, though what’s next is still undecided. The junior receiver caught 49 passes for 745 yards and seven touchdowns this season and is expected to enter the 2014 season as the team’s No. 1 receiver.

Daniels situation is different than the one that exiled Everett Golson from the university for the fall semester, and isn’t an Honor Code situation. While there was no comment from the football program or the Daniels family, one source tells me that Daniels and his family are exploring all options, including declaring early for the NFL Draft.

UPDATE: Daniels has confirmed the suspension, while also acknowledging he’ll be returning to Notre Dame for the summer semester. He released the following statement to Matt Fortuna of ESPN:

“I understand that attending the University of Notre Dame is a privilege and with that comes a certain level of academic responsibility,” Daniels told ESPN. “Therefore, I will not be attending Notre Dame in the Spring semester but fully expect to re-enroll in the Summer semester to earn my degree and continue playing football for the Irish!”