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Notre Dame basketball: Irish lose Grant

Notre Dame suffered another disappointment a day after letting after letting an eight-point lead evaporate in a 64-61 loss to No. 3 Ohio State on Saturday.

Jerian Grant, the Irish's leading scorer, announced on Notre Dame's website Sunday that he is no longer enrolled at the university and will miss the spring semester and the rest of the season because of an academic issue.

In a statement addressed to the Notre Dame Community, Grant said, "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."

Grant averaged a team-high 19 points and 6.2 assists and led the team in steals with 24 in the first 12 games this season.

The senior said in the statement that he plans to return to Notre Dame "as soon as possible following the 2014 spring semester."

Grant did not play as a freshman and could return to the Irish, if he is readmitted to the university. The preseason first-team Atlantic Coast Conference selection entered this season with speculation that he could leave after this year to enter the NBA draft.

The son of former NBA player Harvey Grant was on track to receive his degree in sociology in May.

Coach Mike Brey is scheduled to hold a teleconference Monday to discuss the loss of Grant.

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.