Notre Dame wide receiver DaVaris Daniels is one of four players being investigated for academic violations, but the senior is maintaining that he wrote his own papers, according to a report from CBSSports.com's Jeremy Fowler.
"He said he wrote all his papers," a source told Fowler, adding that Daniels likely said the same thing to Notre Dame officials when he was interviewed this week. "They asked him about some emails and papers that he wrote. He told them what he knew."
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The athletic department's compliance office learned of the alleged indiscretions, which were that the players submitted papers and homework that had been written for them, on July 29.
Writes Fowler: "The source said emails involving a mutual friend of the players are believed to be a part of the investigation, possibly with correspondence over editing help. Daniels will likely make the case he sought editing help for punctuation but wrote the work himself."
Daniels, who was suspended for the spring semester for failing to maintain the required grade-point average, led the Fighting Irish with 49 catches for 745 yards and seven touchdowns last season.
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