Notre Dame vacates 2012-13 wins over academic misconduct

The Notre Dame football program has been forced to vacate wins from the 2012 and 2013 seasons, the NCAA announced on Tuesday. Notre Dame is set to appeal the decision, which would take away its 2013 national championship appearance.

According to the NCAA findings, a former Notre Dame student athletic trainer committed academic misconduct, which led to multiple academically ineligible players taking the field.

“We disagree with the decision of the hearing panel to impose, at its own discretion, a vacation of records penalty,” Notre Dame president John Jenkins said, via Irish Illustrated’s Pete Sampson.

The decision vacates 21 wins, though the ineligible players were not identified.

A full list of the penalties from the NCAA can be seen below:

  • Public reprimand and censure for the university.
  • One year of probation from Nov. 22, 2016, through Nov. 21, 2017.
  • A two-year show-cause order for the former student trainer from Nov. 22, 2016, through Nov. 21, 2018. During that time, any NCAA member school that hires her in an athletically related position must appear with her before a Committee on Infractions panel.
  • A disassociation of the former student trainer from the university’s athletics program from Nov. 22, 2016, through Nov. 21, 2018. During this period, the university may not accept assistance in the recruitment of prospects or support of student-athletes from the former student trainer; may not accept donations to the athletics program from the former student trainer; may not extend athletics benefits or privilege to the former student trainer that is not generally available to the public; and must ensure the former student trainer is not involved in the university’s athletics program.
  • A vacation of all records in which student-athletes participated while ineligible during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 football seasons.
  • A $5,000 fine.

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