It's been a rough 24 hours for Notre Dame basketball and its fans, to say the least. Saturday night, the Irish lost a heartbreaker to Ohio State after coughing up an eight-point lead with 50 seconds to play. Sunday night, the Irish lost their best player, Jerian Grant.
Grant issued a statement via the school's website that details how he will no longer be part of the Notre Dame program. Grant cites an "academic matter" as the reason.
It is with regret and sorrow that I inform you that I am no longer enrolled at the University of Notre Dame due to an academic matter that I did not handle properly. As a result, I am no longer part of the basketball program and will not be on the court competing with my teammates for the remainder of the 2013-14 season.
I take full responsibility for my lack of good judgment and the poor decision that I made. 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, a senior, will not play for the Irish again this season. He later stated that he intends to return to the school this spring to finish both his academic and athletic careers. Grant led the team in scoring, averaging 19.0 points per game.