Elsa/Getty Images(SOUTH BEND, Ind) – On Tuesday, the NCAA ordered the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to vacate all the wins from their 2012 and 2013 football seasons.
According to the decision, the agreed-upon violations centered on academic misconduct by a former student athletic trainer and two football student-athletes during a three-year period. The student trainer also provided six other football players with impermissible academic benefits across 18 courses in two years.
The NCAA committee on infractions prescribed a public reprimand and censure of Notre Dame, one year of probation, a two-year show-cause order for the former trainer, a two-year disassociation of the former student trainer, a vacating of all records in which ineligible student-athletes participated while ineligible during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons, and a $5,000 fine.
Notre Dame football coach Brian Kelly, speaking at a regularly scheduled news conference, said the entire school has been cooperative throughout the investigation, and he thanked it for its support. Kelly said he bears no culpability for the academic misconduct that occurred under his watch.
Notre Dame announced it will appeal the decision. The Fighting Irish were the national runner-up during the 2012 season, losing to Alabama in the BCS title game and finishing with a 12-1 mark. The Irish went 9-4 in 2013.
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