By: Connor Glowacki
In a brief notice of today's news, the NCAA ordered that the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football team to give up all of their wins from the 2012 and 2013 seasons due to the result of an academic misconduct case. The NCAA said that their investigation involved a former football trainer providing 'impermissible academic benefits' to as many as eight football players, some across a span of three years.
Head coach Brian Kelly spoke at a news conference and said he bears no blame for the academic misconduct that occurred under his watch.
In 2012, Notre Dame went 12-1 and made it all the way to the BCS Championship Game before being trounced by Alabama. The Fighting Irish followed that success up with a 9-4 season in 2013.
Because up to eight students were involved, it makes a little more sense for the NCAA to essentially punish the whole team than it would be for cases where only the trainer or maybe 1-2 players were guilty of a breaking a rule.
As long as the NCAA remains consistent with this punishment as it would punish other schools for similar incidents. (I'm looking at the North Carolina Football/Basketball academic scandals, for instance).
Notre Dame is currently 4-7 this season.
Is this an appropriate punishment for Notre Dame?
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