The Notre Dame football team had a rough Tuesday morning, losing 21 football games.
The NCAA ruled the Fighting Irish have to vacate two seasons of wins from Brian Kelly’s tenure, including the 2012 season which ended in a national championship game loss to Alabama.
The vacated wins (a “win vacation”?) comes from violations committed by a student trainer. The trainer violated NCAA ethical conducts for two football players and provided impermissible academic extra benefits for six other players.
The players already were suspended before the 2014 season.
Of course, Brian Kelly has taken refusing to take responsibility for anything negative that happens in his program to an impressive level of performance art.
So, he responded just about how you would expect.
Brian Kelly’s assessment of his own culpability in this case: “Zero. None."
— Irish Illustrated (@PeteSampson_) November 22, 2016
Just another body for Kelly to throw under the bus https://t.co/iFlPTEt9B0
— Dan Wolken (@DanWolken) November 22, 2016
Other penalties for Notre Dame include: 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 and the athletics department must disassociate from the former student-trainer for two years.
Kelly, who is 4-7 this year, said the school will appeal the decision, calling it “clearly excessive.”
The Irish will close their season on Saturday at USC.
However, since there will almost certainly be some 5-7 teams bowling this year, the Irish could find themselves involved in the postseason picture.