Instead, apparently without his father’s knowledge, the former top recruit has enrolled at ASA Miami, a junior college about to embark on its first season.
The program is coached by Ernest Jones, a former Brian Kelly aide at Notre Dame who followed Bob Diaco to Connecticut.
“If he did that, he did that on his own. He did that behind my back,” Bryant Sr. said. “I haven’t talked to any of the coaches over there, no one has called me. If that’s how they do business, that’s how it’s done. Greg did it on his own.”
Technically, Bryant could return to Notre Dame after spending the year in junior college. Realistically, the move likely ends his Irish career following his academic ineligibility. Bryant Sr. was a driving force in his son landing at Notre Dame in the first place and convincing him to return.
Bryant Sr. said he hasn’t spoken with his son about the move and hasn’t seen him in a few days. Bryant Sr. sat down with the running back following his ineligibility ruling, which followed a four-game suspension for a violation of teams rules, to talk about a return to South Bend.
At that point head coach Brian Kelly said he’d welcome Bryant back if he was committed to earning his degree.
“I want my son to go back to Notre Dame. If he can’t handle that, I understand it,” Bryant Sr. said. “I hope he makes the right choice. He said to me and all of my friends that he’d made the decision to go back to the University of Notre Dame.
“I guess at this point he’s not my little boy no more. I guess he’s making his own decisions, without any guidance. If that’s true, I wish him the best of luck. If it’s not true, I hope he comes to speak with me so I can do what’s best with my son.”