Wide receiver DaVaris Daniels is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame due to an academic issue, though the receiver fully expects to return to Notre Dame for summer workouts, fall camp and the 2014 season.
"I understand that attending the University of Notre Dame is a privilege, and with that comes a certain level of academic responsibility," Daniels said in a statement released to CSNChicago.com. "Therefore, I will not be attending Notre Dame in the spring semester but fully expect to re-enroll in the summer semester to earn my degree and continue playing football for the Irish!"
"Small bump. Not entering the draft. Can't wait to get back with my brothers this summer," Daniels tweeted.
Daniels is Notre Dame's leading returning receiver and will be counted on to supplant the production lost from outgoing senior T.J. Jones. Daniels caught 49 passes for 745 yards and seven touchdowns in his junior season of 2013.
While Daniels' exile from Notre Dame is similar to that of quarterback Everett Golson, he'll only miss spring practice. Still, that could've been an important time for Daniels and Golson to rekindle the chemistry that the pair developed in 2011 and 2012, though there will be plenty more opportunities once Daniels returns to Notre Dame in the summer.
Coaches, though, can't be too happy about being unable to work with Daniels for the next few months. Prior to the Pinstripe Bowl last month, interim offensive coordinator/outside receivers coach Mike Denbrock said:
"We expect a lot from DaVaris. We're hard on him. We work him hard and we coach him hard, he does a nice job of responding and working his way through. I think we all continue to see him mature and grow. I think that's just going to continue."
It'll continue, just not for the next few months.