Slightly Official- ND 5 are Out

Submitted by BloomingtonBlue on September 5th, 2014 at 6:46 PM
There won't be an official statement from ND tonight. But this is as official as it's going to get. Unfortunately I have "friends" who went to ND. I traveled to South Bend this evening and they wanted to go to the pep rally, so I tagged along. The 5 were not there. Davaris Daniels also recently tweeted good luck to the team tomorrow. Someone more savvy with Twitter please embed. More information and confirmations will begin to come out.

Comparisons:

Davaris Daniels- Devin Funchess
By far their best returning receiver.

Ishaq Williams- Frank Clark
Flashes of brilliance but has yet to put it together.

KeiVarae Russel- Ray Taylor/Blake Countess
Their best returning corner and first round talent.

These are big losses no matter how they sell it. If we don't put up 35 on them tomorrow, It'll be an act of God.

Go Blue!

Comments

MGoGrendel

September 5th, 2014 at 7:30 PM ^

"They are really good student athletes and we held them out for the right reasons. They are all cleared to play. It's a shame that we didn't have our best players on the field; the outcome would have been different."

One game suspension served and no one knows they were punished. "ND is clean" will be another in the long list of lies propagated by this fan base and NBC/ESPN.

Ray

September 5th, 2014 at 7:26 PM ^

IMO Russell would be their biggest loss since he's their best shot at managing Funchess in single coverage.  Without Russell they absolutely have to double up on Funchess, and the two they have to do it are <6 feet.  So Funchess could still have a big day, and the rest of our receivers could too.

Gobgoblue

September 6th, 2014 at 1:49 AM ^

if (and when) they have to double Funchess, that could open up Chesson for some big plays.  However, I think that actually may open up some nice quick yards for Fleet and Canteen if we can get a safety going to the sidelines with his initial step.

urbanachiever

September 5th, 2014 at 7:04 PM ^

You know how people always say things like, "I hope those guys play. I want to be them at 100% so there are no excuses."

Bullshit. I'll never root for someone to get injured, but damnit if something like this increases our chances of winning, I'm not going to say I'm upset about it

bronxblue

September 5th, 2014 at 8:25 PM ^

Braxton being out sucks because he was injured, which isn't something I want to see.  Notre Dame having a bunch of goobers who couldn't finish their assignments, or who couldn't keep the people who finished their assignments under the radar, is the type of self-inflicted wounds I'm fine seeing.

WolvinLA2

September 5th, 2014 at 8:05 PM ^

Agreed.  Depth is a part of football.  injuries, suspensions and other kinds of absences are all part of the game, and a big part of putting together a great football team is having enough quality depth to overcome them when they happen.  This has happened to us on numerous occasions, and I promise out opponents didn't feel bad about beating us shorthanded.

reshp1

September 5th, 2014 at 7:14 PM ^

Man, this has been a pretty hamfisted handling of the situation by ND. The investigation was concluded last week and Monday, it sounded like they were going to rule one way or the other but 4 days without a peep. The ND fans are PISSED, and I actually don't really blame them.

Mr Miggle

September 5th, 2014 at 8:53 PM ^

He played in their BB game on December 21 and was dismissed from school the next day. His case sounded very similar, an academic matter involving a poor decision. Perhaps the difference was that he simply admitted responsibility.

There is plenty to dislike about Notre Dame, but I'll give them credit for caring about their athletes getting an education.

 

ammoguy79

September 5th, 2014 at 8:09 PM ^

I have a feeling that if we beat them somewhat comfortably or worse, the announcers will be handing out back handed compliments all game, basically inferring that if the 5 weren't suspended, we'd be losing.