Notre Dame president blasts NCAA for not restoring vacated wins

ESPN analyst slams NCAA “overstep” in penalties handed down to Notre Dame football

After appealing a ruling by the NCAA's Committee on Infractions to vacate all wins from the 2012 and 2013 seasons due to an academic misconduct investigation in South Bend, Notre Dame was informed the restoring of vacated wins will not be granted for those two particular seasons.

All the infractions were self-reported by the university, and the Irish had appealed the decision saying that the student trainer was not truly "an institutional representative" of the school.

In its decision, the appeals committee highlighted that "as a member of the NCAA, the university is subject to the Association's rules, including those related to academic misconduct and the ability to impose penalties for academic misconduct violations". The panel prescribed the vacation of records, along with a probation period and a show-cause order for the former athletic training student. The teams meet at Compton Family Ice Arena on Friday, Feb. 16, at 7:35 p.m.in Notre Dame's annual White Out/Wear White game. The Irish played three ineligible players in the 2012 and 2013 seasons. While an investigation found that the Chapel Hill campus had offered made-up courses for the objective of forwarding athletes academically, the NCAA ruled that it couldn't conclude UNC was in violation of any existing rules.

You can read the full NCAA release here.

After a tough ending to last season, Notre Dame definitely wanted a strong recruiting class to help get them over the College Football Playoff hump - as yet, the Irish haven't yet made a playoff.

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Unfortunately for MSU fans, Notre Dame's vacated win doesn't mean the Spartans can retroactively enter the title game.

In a letter posted to the school's website after the NCAA's decision, Notre Dame expressed its displeasure with the decision. In every other case in the record-meticulously detailed in the University's arguments-the institutional representative of the university was employed as an administrator, coach, or person who served in an academic role. The Committee simply failed to provide any rationale why it viewed the student-worker as an institutional representative in our case.

The NCAA's announcement of the denial of the appeal said only that, "The appeals committee confirmed that at the time of the violations, the athletic training student was considered a university employee under NCAA rules". Today, the NCAA appeals committee denied the appeal.

"To impose a severe penalty for this retroactive ineligibility establishes a unsafe precedent and turns the seminal concept of academic autonomy on its head".

"At worst, (this decision) creates an incentive for colleges and universities to change their honor codes to avoid sanctions like that imposed here", Jenkins wrote.

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