Yet another tumultuous Notre Dame football offseason began with its defense taking multiple personnel hits. Now, the offense will be without a playmaking wide receiver for the near future.
DaVaris Daniels, the team's second-leading receiver in 2013, will not be enrolled for the spring semester. Daniels confirmed the news through a statement released by his father, Phil, to SI.com.
Daniels appealed possible disciplinary action in order to play in the Fighting Irish's 29-16 Pinstripe Bowl victory over Rutgers on Dec. 28, a source with knowledge of the situation told SI.com. But the spring-semester banishment was anticipated to hold.
"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 the statement. "Therefore I will not be attending Notre Dame the spring semester but fully expect to re-enroll in the summer semester to earn my degree and continue playing football for the Irish."
Daniels, a 6-foot-1, 203-pound junior from Vernon Hills, Ill., caught 49 passes for 745 yards and seven touchdowns last season. With the graduation of leading receiver TJ Jones, Daniels is expected to be a prime target for quarterback Everett Golson in 2014 -- returning from his own one-semester exile for academic issues -- though the pair now must wait longer than expected to rekindle their rapport.
Daniels further confirmed his trajectory by tweeting that the developments are a "small bump" while adding that he is "not entering the draft."