After collapsing late in a three-point loss Saturday night to No. 3 Ohio State, Notre Dame sustained an even more serious blow on Sunday. Senior guard Jerian Grant announced in a statement that he is no longer enrolled at the school due to an academic matter and will not play the rest of the 2013-14 season.
“It is with regret and sorrow that I inform you that I am no longer enrolled at the University of Notre Dame due to an academic matter that I did not handle properly. As a result, I am no longer part of the basketball program and will not be on the court competing with my teammates for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.
“I take full responsibility for my lack of good judgment and the poor decision that I made. I have no one to blame but myself for the situation. I know and understand the expectations that go with being a student at Notre Dame and I did not live up to those standards.” Grant, who said in the statement that he plans to return to the team after the spring semester and finish his college hoops career in South Bend, is averaging 19.0 points, 6.2 assists and 2.5 rebounds in 35.6 minutes. The senior is one of Notre Dame’s key backcourt cogs, a skilled scorer and willing passer who has quietly developed into one of the best guards in the country. Grant led Notre Dame with 18 points but committed three costly turnovers in the final minute of the loss to the Buckeyes.