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Notre Dame investigates academic fraud charges

SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame barred four football players from practices and games Friday, announcing an investigation into "suspected academic dishonesty" after allegations surfaced that someone had done course work for them.

The group includes expected starters cornerback KeiVarae Russell, receiver DaVaris Daniels and defensive end Ishaq Williams. The other player is backup linebacker Kendall Moore.

The school also is investigating whether other students, including nonathletes, are involved.

School president the Rev. John Jenkins said evidence that students had submitted papers and homework that had been written by others was detected at the end of the summer session. The case was referred to the school's compliance office July 29, and the NCAA was notified.

No student has been judged responsible for "academic dishonesty," Jenkins said at a news conference. The players remain in school and have access to athletic facilities, athletic director Jack Swarbrick said.

Notre Dame is facing a second straight season affected by academic misconduct issues. Last year quarterback Everett Golson missed the season after being suspended from school for what he called poor academic judgment. The Irish finished 9-4.

Golson is back, but now coach Brian Kelly could be scrambling to fill holes before opening at home against Rice on Aug. 30. Jenkins said Kelly and his staff "have been nothing but supportive" and he has confidence in them.

Oklahoma: Freshman running back and top recruit Joe Mixon was charged with misdemeanor assault, accused of punching a woman and breaking bones in her face. Mixon has not participated in team activities since July 25, when Norman police say the altercation occurred at a restaurant. The school is reviewing what happened, athletic director Joe Castiglione said. The woman told police there was an argument after Mixon directed a homosexual slur at her male friend, an affidavit said. In a surveillance video, the woman pushes Mixon, he lunges at her, she slaps him and he punches her. Mixon's lawyer, Kevin Finlay, said the woman should be charged with assault.

UF basketball slate: Florida opens its season Nov. 14 against William & Mary and closes March 7 at Kentucky. A highlight is a Jan. 3 home game against defending national champion Connecticut, which beat UF in last season's NCAA Tournament semifinals. Also, 17 of the Gators' 18 SEC games are on national TV. (Full schedule above)

Times staff writer Antonya English contributed to this report.

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