Notre Dame for­feits 21 wins from 2012-13 years

Daily Freeman (Kingston, NY) - - SPORTS -

The NCAA or­dered Notre Dame to va­cate all 21 vic­to­ries from the 2012-13 sea­sons be­cause a for­mer stu­dent ath­letic trainer com­mit­ted aca­demic mis­con­duct by do­ing sub­stan­tial course work for two play­ers.

The NCAA an­nounced Tues­day that it has or­dered Notre Dame to va­cate all 21 vic­to­ries from the 201213 sea­sons, in­clud­ing the 12-0 run that vaulted the Fight­ing Ir­ish into the na­tional ti­tle game against Alabama, be­cause a for­mer stu­dent ath­letic trainer com­mit­ted aca­demic mis­con­duct by do­ing sub­stan­tial course work for two play­ers and im­per­mis­si­bly helped six oth­ers.

The school ripped the NCAA for its de­ci­sion to strip the wins, which in­cluded the best sea­son of coach Brian Kelly’s ten­ure in charge of the sto­ried pro­gram.

The school said it would ap­peal and The Rev. John Jenk­ins, the univer­sity pres­i­dent, said the NCAA has never be­fore va­cated the records of a school that had no in­volve­ment in the un­der­ly­ing aca­demic mis­con­duct.

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