After clinching their first losing season with Brian Kelly as head coach, there is more bad news out of South Bend, Indiana. The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football program has been ordered by the NCAA to vacate all 21 victories from the 2012 and 2013 seasons due to academic misconduct violations. The Fighting Irish finished 2012 with a 12-2 record, losing to Alabama in the BCS national championship game, and finished 2013 at 9-4, with a victory in the Pinstripe Bowl.
The violations are said to include academic misconduct by a former student athletic trainer and two former student-athletes. The trainer was said to have completed academic assignments for as many as eight student-athletes over a three-year period.
The punishment reportedly includes a year of probation, a two-year show-cause order for the former athletic trainer, a two-year disassociation of the former student trainer, vacating all records in which the ineligible student-athletes participated in during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 academic years, and a $5,000 fine.
Coach Brian Kelly said in a press conference today that the school has been cooperative throughout the investigation and expressed his disappointment. He also said that he plans to be back next season, although the team is currently at 4-7 on the year. .
The school has announced that they will appeal the NCAA’s decision.