Notre Dame allows safety Hardy to transfer

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) Notre Dame will allow safety Eilar Hardy to transfer after missing the first eight games of the 2014 season while the university investigated him and four other players for possible academic dishonesty.

Team spokesman Michael Bertsch said Hardy plans to graduate in May and transfer. He has one season of eligibility left after not playing as a freshman and sophomore. He played in five games this past season, finishing with nine tackles, and started two games in 2013. He was the only one of the five players investigated allowed to return this past season.

Cornerback KeiVarae Russell and defensive lineman Ishaq Williams have said they plan to return to school in June. Linebacker Kendall Moore has no eligibility remaining. Receiver DaVaris Daniels declared for the NFL draft.

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