Hardy to be held out of practice, Rice

Senior safety Eilar Hardy joins four previously suspended teammates suspected of academic dishonesty.

The University of Notre Dame released a statement today that a fifth Irish football player will be withheld from competition due to alleged academic dishonesty .

"As Notre Dame's internal investigation relating to potential NCAA violations reaches its conclusion, a decision has been made to hold a fifth football player out from practice and competition. As with all cases of suspected academic dishonesty, the matter will now be subject to the University's honor code process."

A university official confirmed the player is senior safety, Eilar Hardy. Hardy started two games last season but was also suspended twice, first in mid-September at Purdue, then to conclude the season at Stanford.

He was reinstated for Notre Dame's Pinstripe Bowl appearance vs. Rutgers.

Hardy was not listed on the two-deep depth chart released by Notre Dame Tuesday, though he was on a 26-player list of "Key Probable Non-Starters."

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