On Tuesday, it was announced that Notre Dame was ordered by the NCAA to relinquish their accolades from the 2012 and 2013 football seasons, following an academic misconduct case. According to Brian Kelly, the team’s coach, they plan to appeal the court’s ruling. In 2012, Notre Dame would become a national runner-up, but ended up losing to Alabama.
A trainer for Notre Dame was found in violation of the NCAA ethical conduct rules. Reports say that the trainer provided academic benefits to six student-athletes, which was impermissible. The trainer also completed schoolwork for two other student-athletes. There was another student-athlete that committed academic misconduct, but he was the sole person. This has placed Notre Dame on probation for a year. They also had to relinquish three different collegiate records obtained by the student-athletes, from the 2012-2013 season (1) and the 2013-2014 season (2). Other penalties included a $5,000 fine.
Afterwards, Kelly gave his response to the ruling. “It’s never happened before in the history of the NCAA. The penalty has never been issued in this fashion before. I think that qualifies for being, first of all, it was discretionary. This is a discretionary action by the committee. That’s No. 1, No. 2, student-on-student cheating, nobody implicated. The NCAA agreed across the board with that finding, and it was clearly excessive, so we’re gonna appeal this. And one of the options or clear reasons for appeal is that the penalty is excessive in its discretion and we believe we have obvious grounds there”, said Kelly.
Notre Dame also issued a statement: “We are disappointed in the actions of students who engaged in dishonesty, but we are gratified that the NCAA investigation confirmed the conclusions of our own internal investigation. Notre Dame acted honorably throughout. As soon as professional staff suspected academic dishonesty on the part of a student, the matter was reported promptly, investigated aggressively and thoroughly and adjudicated in accord with our Academic Code of Honor procedures and norms.”