Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly has taken zero responsibility for the latest scandal to rock major college football. In case you haven’t been paying attention, Notre Dame was forced to vacate 21 wins over the 2012 and 2013 seasons due to academic fraud.
In the findings, a trainer for the team “completed coursework” for two players. There was no detail provided to the depth of work that was done, but one can assume it had to be pretty bad to warrant the hefty smackdown. The initial reaction from Notre Dame alumni and supporters has been predictable, anger and outrage.
The Irish finished 12-0 during the regular season in 2012, and lost in the BCS title game to Alabama. They went 9-4 the following year. With a 59-30 record to date in South Bend, Kelly has bought himself some time before people will be calling for his job.
Whether or not you believe Brian Kelly should be fired now, or at least start the 2017 campaign on the hot seat is up for debate. The academic fraud scandal lands on the worst regular season since the 2007 campaign, when Charlie Weiss was the coach.
Notre Dame wraps up their regular season against USC on Saturday.