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It looks like Notre Dame’s bad season got even worse.

The Irish are already reeling with a 4-7 record this season, but things appear to be getting worse, as the NCAA released a report on Tuesday indicating that up to nine football players from the 2012 and 2013 seasons received impermissible benefits.

A former University of Notre Dame student athletic trainer violated NCAA ethical conduct rules when she committed academic misconduct for two football student-athletes and provided six other football student-athletes with impermissible academic extra benefits, according to a Division I Committee on Infractions panel. One additional football student-athlete committed academic misconduct on his own.

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Punishments appear to include one year of probation and a $5,000 fine. The report also seems to indicate that Notre Dame may have to vacate records from the 2012 and 2013 football season for games in which the offending student-athletes played.

The 2012 Notre Dame season is notable for being the Fighting Irish’s best since 1988. Notre Dame was 12-0 in the regular season before suffering a loss to Alabama in the BCS National Championship Game.

Bo was born in Atlanta, GA, and has always been a savvy sports follower. He attended Georgia Tech and has previously worked with ESPN TrueHoop, HawksHoop, and the Georgia Tech Newsroom. He covers national college football for FanBuzz.
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