Academic troubles knock out Irish star

As if Saturday's heartbreaking, last-minute loss to No. 3 Ohio State wasn't enough of a punch to the gut for Notre Dame, senior guard and leading scoring Jerian Grant dropped a bombshell of bad news for the Irish on Sunday.

Grant is no longer enrolled at the university as a result of an academic violation and will miss the remainder of this season, he said in a statement released through Notre Dame's website.

"I take full responsibility for my lack of good judgment and the poor decision that I made," Grant said in the statement. "I have no one to blame but myself for the situation. I know and understand the expectations that go with being a student at Notre Dame, and I did not live up to those standards."

Grant will miss at least one semester, which equates to the rest of this season.

He has one year of eligibility remaining after sitting out his freshman season and said in the statement he intends to reapply to Notre Dame, although his readmission is not guaranteed. The team is hopeful Grant can return for summer classes after going through the readmission process. Grant also would have to apply for his fifth year of athletic eligibility through Notre Dame's faculty board on athletics after completing his eighth semester, which would be next fall. That is seen as a formality if Grant is readmitted.

"It is my full intention to return to Notre Dame as soon as possible following the 2014 spring semester," Grant said. "I intend to do whatever it takes to earn my degree and finish out my college basketball career here."

The Irish have had plenty of adversity already this season. Sophomore Cam Biedscheid, expected to be a major contributor for the program after coming in as a highly-regarded recruit, opted to sit out this season to develop his game.

Coach Mike Brey said he would consider using Biedscheid this season only under unique circumstances. Losing Grant could qualify, but the Irish's plan is to keep Biedscheid out for the season.

Brey is scheduled to speak with the media today about Grant's suspension.

Grant was averaging 19 points per game and had 18 Saturday in a 64-61 loss to No. 3 Ohio State but committed three turnovers in the final minutes as Ohio State came back in a furious rally. He had made improvements in his offensive game, and his shooting percentage jumped to 52 percent from 41 last season.

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