Photo Credit: Redlights and Redeyes – Chip Litherland
The NCAA Division I Committee ruled that ethical conduct rules violations in terms of academic misconduct in the form of the Notre Dame student trainer completing coursework for two football players will result in the Notre Dame Fighting Irish football program vacating all of their victories from the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
This violation will cost the Fighting Irish a total of 21 wins, including a 12-game winning streak. In the 2012 season, the Fighting Irish finished with a 12-1 record with their only loss coming in the BCS National Championship game against the Alabama Crimson Tide by a score of 42-14. In the 2013 season, the Fighting Irish finished with a 9-4 record.
This news pretty much sums up a terrible season for the Fighting Irish. The Fighting Irish, who opened up the season ranked #10 in the AP Poll and #9 in the Coaches’ Poll, currently sit with a 4-7 record having underachieved all season long. Now with two good seasons, including one in which they went to the championship game, effectively wiped away, the Fighting Irish do not have much to smile about.