October 11, 2014

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame cornerback KeiVarae Russell has posted a message on social media saying he will not play football this season and will likely miss the spring semester.

Russell said in the Instagram posting Friday he was disappointed in the school's decision, but said he plans to return in June and earn his degree. Russell and four other players have been held out of practices and games since August while the university determined if they were involved in academic dishonesty.

Notre Dame spokesman Michael Bertsch confirmed the posting was from Russell. Russell didn't reply to telephone messages or texts from The Associated Press.

There was no word on the status of the other four players: receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive end Ishaq Williams, linebacker Kendall Moore and defensive back Eilar Hardy.

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