Notre Dame will be forced to vacate victories in the 2012 and 2013 football season due to NCAA violations by a student-trainer.
The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions panel ruled the trainer violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when she committed academic misconduct for two football players and provided six other players with impermissible academic extra benefits.
Notre Dame was 12-1 in 2012, including an appearance in the BCS championship game against Alabama. In 2013, the Irish finished 9-4. The school must vacate the victories in which the players appeared while ineligible. It is not clear how many of the 21 games those players participated in.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said the school would appeal the penalties.
Brian Kelly on severity of NCAA penalty. "It was student-on-student cheating. The NCAA agreed with that finding. It was clearly excessive."— Tim Prister (@timprister) November 22, 2016
What culpability does the head coach have in this case? Brian Kelly: "Zero. Absolutely none."— Laken Litman (@LakenLitman) November 22, 2016
Other penalties handed down by the NCAA:
- One year of probation for the athletic department
- A public reprimand and censure for the school and a $5,000 fine
- A two-year, show-cause order against the student-trainer
- The athletics department must disassociate from the former student-trainer for two years.