Notre Dame coach Kelly calls accountability key

FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2013, file photo, Notre Dame's DaVaris Daniels (10) stiff-arms Rutgers's Johnathan Aiken (26) during the second half of the Pinstripe Bowl NCAA college football game at Yankee Stadium in New York. Notre Dame barred football players KeiVarae Russell, DaVaris Daniels, Ishaq Williams, and Kendall Moore from practice and games on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, after announcing an investigation into "suspected academic dishonesty" after allegations surfaced that someone had done course work for them. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)
FILE - In this Dec. 28, 2013, file photo, Notre Dame's DaVaris Daniels (10) stiff-arms Rutgers's Johnathan Aiken (26) during the second half of the Pinstripe Bowl NCAA college football game at Yankee Stadium in New York. Notre Dame barred football players KeiVarae Russell, DaVaris Daniels, Ishaq Williams, and Kendall Moore from practice and games on Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, after announcing an investigation into "suspected academic dishonesty" after allegations surfaced that someone had done course work for them. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II, File)

SOUTH BEND, Ind. (AP) — Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly says he needs to do a better job of creating an environment in which players know they are accountable after learning four are being investigated for suspected academic dishonesty.

Kelly said Saturday he was shocked and disappointed to learn about the investigation. He says players know Notre Dame won’t compromise its integrity and he applauds the university for that.

The university announced Friday that starting cornerback KeiVarae Russell, leading returning receiver DaVaris Daniels, defensive end Ishaq Williams, and backup linebacker Kendall Moore were being withheld from practices and games during the investigation.

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