Kelly: Hearing for Notre Dame players soon

Notre Dame football head coach Brian Kelly speaks to the media about the upcoming 2014 season on Friday, Aug. 1, 2014 inside the Gugleilmino Athletics Complex on the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Ind. (AP Photo/South Bend Tribune, Robert Franklin)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says he believes five football players who were investigated by the university for possible academic dishonesty are expected to have honor code hearings soon.

Kelly said Thursday on ESPN that the process has been moving forward and he believes the hearings “are close to taking place.”

He says he’s been kept up to date by athletic director Jack Swarbrick, but is focusing on players on the field. The 16th-ranked Irish (1-0) face Michigan (1-0) on Saturday in the final scheduled game in their rivalry.

The university announced last month it would bench cornerback KeiVarae Russell, receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive end Ishaq Williams and backup linebacker Kendall Moore during its investigation. The school added reserve safety Eilar Hardy to the list last week. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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