Ishaq Williams' father expects son to return to ND for summer school

Eric Hansen
South Bend Tribune

The father of suspended Notre Dame football player Ishaq Williams said Thursday he expects his son to be back at ND on Monday attending summer school classes.

What that might turn into from a football standpoint is still unclear.

Summer classes for most Notre Dame students start June 15, but most of the returning Irish football players are involved in a two-week community service class that starts Monday.

When asked if Ishaq had work to be done in the classroom this summer to re-establish his football eligibility with the NCAA, Shaun Williams replied via text message, “I don’t know anything about that, to be completely frank.”

Williams, a projected starter at defensive end in 2014, and four others were suspended during and after ND’s academic dishonesty investigation that began last July and concluded in October. Only senior safety Eilar Hardy eventually returned to play for the Irish during the 2014 season.

Williams did not attend classes at ND or anywhere else during the spring semester, instead opting to get a job.

Star cornerback KeiVarae Russell is expected to return to ND and the football team this summer, a case Irish head coach Brian Kelly has continually characterized as less complicated than Williams’ situation.

“(There are) things that he’ll have to take care of in the summertime just to get the ball moving for his ability to be reinstated,” Kelly said of Williams in early April.

That’s reinstatement for football, by meeting NCAA standards.

The 6-foot-6, 271-pound Brooklyn, N.Y., has one season of college eligibility remaining. He has 45 career tackles and one sack in 35 games for the Irish, all but one of those as a reserve.

Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick declined comment Tuesday on Williams’ situation when asked about it.

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Ishaq Williams (left), here watching Notre Dame Pro day with football director of strength and conditioning Paul Longo last March, found out this week he'll be a spectator during ND's 2015 season as the NCAA denied his appeal to play. (SBT Photo/BECKY MALEWITZ)