Why Does Notre Dame “Academic 5” Allow School to Say Anything About Academic Charges?

The five Notre Dame football players (DeVaris Daniels, Kendall Moore, Ishaq Williams, Eiler Hardy, and KeiVarae Russell) who have apparently just had “hearings” conducted by Notre Dame to determine the validity of charges of alleged academic impropriety have been now suspended for seven weeks. (With the exception of Hardy, whose suspension began on August 30.)  Assuming they are not guilty of the infractions, the significant national publicity has unnecessarily damaged their status and reputations.

The school should release no information to the press about any such charges. To insure that no such information is released, the player should revoke the FERPA “waiver” which they sign each year when they sign the “Student-Athlete Statement,” which permits the school to release information about the student’s academic records.  More players should consider this step: once the school announces a suspension, revoke the FERPA waiver, and the school must remain silent.

About brewonsouthu

lawyer, with interest in college sports and NCAA oversight and decisions, and sports generally.
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