Notre Dame will be without Greg Bryant, its second-leading rusher in 2014, for the upcoming season because of disciplinary reasons, coach Brian Kelly announced Tuesday.
"There are certain expectations within our program that must be met on a daily basis," Kelly said in a statement released by the university. "Quite simply, Greg did not meet those expectations."
Kelly previously had suspended Bryant for the first four games of this season for violating team rules. Kelly said Bryant will be allowed to practice with the team and remains on scholarship. Bryant, a five-star recruit from Delray Beach, Florida, hasn't lived up to expectations. He appeared in three games as a freshman, carrying the ball three times for 14 yards. He rushed for 289 yards on 54 carries last season, a 5.4 yards per carry average that led Irish running backs.
Tarean Folston led the team with 889 yards rushing on 175 carries and returns for his junior season. .CJ. Prosise, a safety as a freshman and a wide receiver the past two seasons, worked as a running back in the spring. The Irish also add a freshman running backs Josh Adams and Dexter Williams.
Kelly announced junior linebacker Michael Deeb and junior tight end Mike Heuerman have been medically disqualified to play this season but remain on scholarship. Deeb played in two games last season but didn't make any tackles. Heuerman underwent hernia surgery before the start of last season and has yet to play in a game.
The Irish begin practice on Friday in Culver, about 40 miles south of campus. Kelly is scheduled to talk to the media Thursday.
>>Oregon Settles Lawsuit Over Rape Allegations
The University of Oregon has agreed to pay $800,000 to settle a lawsuit brought by a student who claimed she was sexually assaulted last year by three basketball players.
The 18-year-old woman, who is identified in the suit as Jane Doe, on Tuesday dismissed all claims against the university. Last week, she also dismissed all claims against head basketball coach Dana Altman.
According to the settlement agreement with the university, the school will also waive her tuition, housing and student fees for four years.
The suit - which alleged the school was negligent, violated her civil rights and privacy - was filed in January in federal court in Eugene.
Schill said the settlement isn't an admission of liability; he said he doesn't believe coaches, administrators or staff acted wrongfully.
In addition to the financial agreement, the school will pursue a policy change requiring all transfer applicants to report any disciplinary history at prior schools.
In the lawsuit, the woman said Altman knew when he recruited one of the players, Brandon Austin, that he had been suspended from Providence College in Rhode Island due to allegations of sexual misconduct. The coach denied he knew it.
Austin and the two other players told authorities they had consensual sex with the woman, and prosecutors said there was insufficient evidence to file charges. The players were not charged with a crime.
But the case caused outrage on campus and beyond, and the three players were kicked off their team and suspended from the university.