If you follow college football, then you remember that last summer five Notre Dame players were wrapped up in an academic scandal. Notre Dame, a catholic university, “prides itself on being an environment of teaching and learning that fosters the development in its students of those disciplined habits of mind,body, and spirit that characterize educated, skilled and free human beings.”
With such a powerful mission statement, Brian Kelly’s response concerning the scandal is more than appropriate.
Kelly told ND Insider, “I think we recognized that all of my football players are at-risk — all of them — really. Honestly, I don’t know that any of our players would get into the school by themselves right now with the academic standards the way they are. Maybe one or two of our players that are on scholarship.
“So making sure that with the rigors that we put them in — playing on the road, playing night games, getting home at 4 o’clock in the morning, all of the demands that we place on them relative to the academics and going into an incredibly competitive academic classroom every day — we recognize this is a different group.
“And we have to provide all the resources necessary for them to succeed and don’t force them into finding shortcuts.
“I think we’ve clearly identified that we need to do better, and we’re not afraid to look at any shortcomings that we do have and fix them, and provide the resources necessary for our guys. Our university has looked at that, and we’re prepared to make sure that happens for our guys.”
35 million dollars were given in gifts to Notre Dame’s academic building and football coaching endowment by alumnus Richard Corbett.
With so much support, alumnus and fans alike will surely be disappointed with the “at risk” statement, but a simple statement is better than actually having to vacate the entire 2012 undefeated regular season.
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