So it’s news that isn’t exactly new — Jamoris Slaughter will not be coming back for another season of Notre Dame football, according to the South Bend Tribune.
Just last month we received the same information, and it didn’t come as much of a surprise to anyone — Notre Dame had indicated for some time that it would be very surprising if the NCAA granted Slaughter another season of eligibility, despite not playing his freshman year and only being available for three weeks in 2012. But Notre Dame still decided to appeal to the NCAA, hoping for some leniency — sadly for Slaughter, that leniency was not granted.
However, Jamoris refused to let the decision get him down, releasing this statement:
“I understood that a sixth year was far from a guarantee. It is sad to know that my time at Notre Dame as a football player is complete, but it doesn’t lessen my love for this University and its football program. This decision simply begins the next chapter of my life and I’ll be forever grateful for my coaches, teammates and all the Irish fans that supported me throughout my career.”
He also tweeted about the next step:
It’s been great ND! Hey you know what they say when one door closes another one opens! #NFLDREAMING
— Jamoris Slaughter™ (@J_Slaughter26) February 13, 2013
As for how this affects the Irish next year, probably not all that much. While the Irish would have been glad to have a sixth-year safety return, they are more than familiar playing without Slaughter — Farley, Collinsworth, Hardy, and Baratti will all be in the mix for some serious playing time.
The biggest impact of Slaughter’s official departure is that an 85th scholarship opens up — I would expect that to go to kicker Nick Tausch, who was going to be paying his way next season after formerly being on scholarship.