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Notre Dame


Academic issues idle Irish’s leading scorer


– Notre Dame suffered another disappointment a day after letting after an eight-point lead evaporate in the final two minutes of 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 for the 8-4 Irish.

The 6-foot-5, 203-pound senior guard 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 today to discuss the loss of Grant.

Grant’s situation appears similar to that of Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson, who was suspended for the fall semester because of an academic issue and missed this season as the No. 25 Irish went 8-4 and will play Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl on Saturday in Yankee Stadium. Golson was readmitted to the university on Dec. 13.

“I intend to do whatever it takes to earn my degree and finish out my college basketball career here,” Grant said. “I understand that there is a process that I must go through in order to come back to school and I will be patient with that process.”

The loss of Grant could make Brey reconsider the decision to have sophomore forward Cameron Biedscheid sit out this season after the 6-7, 186-pounder played in 34 games last season, averaging 6.2 points and 1.4 rebounds in 17.4 minutes.

If the plan to preserve a year of eligibility is kept of Biedscheid, freshmen Steve Vasturia and V.J. Beachem, a former New Haven standout, could join classmate Demetrius Jackson in more prominent roles this season.

Vasturia and Beachem have each played in seven games this season.

The 6-6, 207-pound Vasturia has averaged 1.4 points in 7.4 minutes per game, while Beachem has averaged 0.7 points in 4.3 minutes per game.

Jackson has started seven games this season, and the 6-1, 195-pounder has averaged 7.6 points and two assists in 24.8 minutes.