SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly said Thursday that the five players held out of practices and the first five games of the season because of an academic dishonesty investigation will not be available again Saturday when the sixth-ranked Irish host North Carolina.
“Here’s what I know: None of our five guys practiced, so they will obviously not be able to play this weekend,” Kelly said. “I’m hearing some things, but I’m going to let them share any information they have with you. As it stands right now, I do not have any of those players back in practice.”
Cornerback KeiVarae Russell, receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive end Ishaq Williams, linebacker Kendall Moore and defensive back Eilar Hardy have been held out since August.
The university announced Aug. 15 it was investigating whether Russell, Daniels, Williams and Moore submitted papers and homework that had been written for them by others. Hardy was added to the investigation Aug. 28.
OFFICIATING COORDINATOR RESIGNS: Pac-12 coordinator of football officiating Tony Corrente has resigned, citing personal and professional reasons.
Pac-12 Commissioner Larry Scott appointed Jim Blackwood as interim coordinator.
Corrente served as the Pac-12’s officiating coordinator since 2011 and is an NFL official. He missed part of the 2012 season after being diagnosed with throat cancer.
Blackwood has worked more than two decades as a college conference coordinator and 10 years as an NFL instant replay official. He previously served as the instant replay supervisor under Corrente.
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