Notre Dame to Forfeit wins

By Brandon Grace
Nov. 23, 2016

It was announced on Tuesday, the NCAA has ordered the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to vacate all the wins from their 2012 and 2013 football seasons in a academic misconduct case. Notre Dame announced it will appeal the decision. Notre Dame was the national title runner-up during the 2012 season, losing to Alabama in the BCS title game and finishing with a 12-1 mark. The Irish went 9-4 in 2013. According to the decision, the agreed-upon violations centered on academic misconduct by a former student athletic trainer and two football student athletes during a three-year period. The trainer also provided six other players with impermissible academic benefits across 18 courses in two years.

The NCAA committee on infractions prescribed a public reprimand and censure of Notre Dame, one year of probation, a two-year show-cause order for the former trainer, a two-year disassociation of the former student trainer, a vacating of all records in which ineligible student-athletes participated while ineligible during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, and a $5,000 fine. Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly, speaking at a regularly scheduled news conference, said the entire school has been cooperative throughout the investigation, and he thanked it for its support. Kelly also commented he bears no culpability for the academic misconduct that occurred under his watch. He said he plans on being back in 2017 for an eighth season, saying criticism from this 4-7 season stems from the Fighting Irish's lack of success and is independent of this NCAA situation.