Notre Dame Football: Mailk Zaire released from scholarship, unconditionally

By Alex Butler  |  Dec. 1, 2016 at 12:32 PM
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SOUTH BEND, Ind., Dec. 1 (UPI) -- Redshirt junior quarterback Malik Zaire is set to transfer from Notre Dame.

Originally, the school blocked his move to teams on its 2017 schedule, but now his release in unconditional, according to ESPN.com's Matt Fortuna.

The Fighting Irish face Temple, Boston College, Georgia, Miami University, Michigan State, UNC, USC, NC State, Wake Forest, the University of Miami, Navy, and Stanford next season.

Zaire was originally allowed to transfer to only North Carolina on that list. He graduates in December and will be immediately eligible next season at any school.

The quarterback has Florida, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, and Wisconsin as his "primary" suitors, according to Irish Illustrated. Zaire missed the majority of the 2015 season with a broken right ankle.

Zaire leaves Notre Dame with a 3-0 record as a starter. He completed 59 percent of his passes for 816 yards, six touchdowns, and no interceptions. He also had 324 rushing yards with two scores.

Zaire met with coach Brian Kelly Wednesday to get his formal release to pursue a graduate transfer.

Everett Golson also transferred recently when the quarterback jetted South Bend for Tallahassee and the Florida State Seminoles in 2015. The transfer paved the way for Zaire, before his injury. DeShone Kizer took the helm at that point and never looked back.

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