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Report: Notre Dame's Robbie Russo Ruled Academically Ineligible

Russo did not play last weekend in Notre Dame's two-game sweep of Lake Superior State.

Robbie Russo
Robbie Russo
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South Bend, Ind. -- Notre Dame junior defenseman Robbie Russo has been declared academically ineligible, according to a report by College Hockey News. The Westmont, Ill. native is the highest scoring blue liner for Jeff Jackson's team with four goals and 11 assists in 21 games played.

A product of the US National Development Program, Russo was picked in the fourth round of the 2011 NHL Draft by the New York Islanders. He registered five goals and 18 assists last season as a sophomore as the Fighting Irish made the NCAA Tournament before bowing out to St. Cloud State in the first round.

According to CHN, Russo is appealing to one of his professor's for a grade change in hopes that he will regain eligibility by this weekend's home series against Northeastern University.

Jeff Cox covers college, junior and high school hockey, NCAA recruiting, NHL Draft prospects and the AHL for SBNation. Follow him on twitter @JeffCoxSBNation.