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Notre Dame must vacate football wins due to academic misconduct

04 December 2016

The NCAA has ordered Notre Dame to vacate their victories from the 2012 and 2013 football seasons due to academic misconduct by a former student athletic trainer that provided impermissible academic benefits to six players, as well as completing coursework for two other players.

The school says it will appeal the decision.

None of the players were named by the NCAA, which also placed Notre Dame under probation for one year, fined the university $5,000 and gave the school an official public reprimand and censure.

According to WNDU, the trouble started after the university investigated claims that a student athletic adviser committed academic violations for several players, including giving six players prohibited academic extras.

The NCAA has imposed a ruling that would force the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to vacate their victories from 2012 and 2013.

UNC was caught in arguably the biggest academic fraud scandal in NCAA history back in 2011. "The academic piece probably strengthens what I've been doing relative to advocating for our student-athletes and academic support staff relative to them being successful", Kelly said, according to USA Today. "At the same time, for me, I think he has done a lot of good there". The Irish are 4-7 this season so there will be no bowl game for Fighting Irish.

A two-year show-cause order for the former student trainer. Because she provided academic support that made players ineligible, this is grounds for the penalty.

The Rev. John Jenkins, the university president, said the NCAA never before had vacated records in such a case. Notre Dame announced it will appeal the decision.?Notre Dame was the national runner-up during the 2012 season, losing to Alabama in the BCS title game and finishing with a 12-1 mark.

Notre Dame was expected to contend for a playoff spot. Like the current never ending academic fraud case at the University of North Carolina, these two new cases have the ability to change how academic fraud will be assessed in the future by the NCAA and even if the NCAA should be involved in any academic decision making at all. "(The punishment) was clearly excessive".

Notre Dame's case is most similar to one at East Carolina, but it differs because the "peer student in that case was employed as an academic tutor by the athletics department whereas the student in this case was employed in the athletics department as a student trainer". "We don't really know what's going to happen from here on out, but the team understands that it has no bearing on what we're doing on Saturday and what we're focused on". "We still beat Oklahoma".

"I have no reason to believe that I'm not", Kelly responded.

The Fighting Irish are now preparing for their regular-season finale against rival USC. Nobody was implicated. The NCAA agreed across the board with that finding. "As we said at the outset of this investigation", Father Jenkins said, "Notre Dame would willingly accept a vacation of records penalty if it were appropriate".