Recently suspended Notre Dame backup tight end Joseph Fauria intends to transfer.
Coach Charlie Weis said earlier in the week that Fauria would miss the 2009 season for personal reasons and wouldn’t be enrolled in the school in the fall. But Fauria was suspended from school by the university’s Office of Residence Life for undisclosed disciplinary reasons in January, according to the South Bend Tribune.
Fauria, a 6-foot-7, 245-pound sophomore from Encino, Calif., had no catches in three games last season. He caught two passes for 17 yards in the Blue-Gold Game in April and moved up to No. 2 on the team’s depth chart.
But then Fauria asked for and was given his release from the football program, the Tribune reported.
"At first, I was going to do everything I could to stay," Fauria told the Tribune. "Coming to Notre Dame was a lifelong dream of mine. I just felt I needed to get a fresh start."
Fauria told the newspaper he didn’t have a transfer destination settled, though he said he may go to a Pac-10 school close to home.