The NCAA upheld its ruling that Notre Dame will have to vacate all of its wins from the 2012 and 2013 seasons. That will undoubtedly annoy Fighting Irish fans and it has the school’s president, John Jenkins in an absolute fury. He released a letter giving all of his feelings on the matter.
Here was the beginning of his strong statement in the rather lengthy letter he wrote:
We are deeply disappointed by and strongly disagree with the denial of the University’s appeal, announced today by the NCAA, of an earlier decision by the NCAA’s Committee on Infractions to vacate Notre Dame’s 2012 and 2013 football victories due to academic misconduct by several student-athletes. Our concerns go beyond the particulars of our case and the record of two football seasons to the academic autonomy of our institutions, the integrity of college athletics, and the ability of the NCAA to achieve its fundamental purpose. I write this letter so that you can understand the underlying facts, the reasons we believe that the NCAA is in error, and how we intend to move forward.
Jenkins can get in a tizzy as much as he wants, but that won’t make the NCAA reverse its decision now. Notre Dame made its appeal and it failed to do anything so now he will have to live with the consequences of his coach and athletic director not overseeing the program properly.
Of course, he’s probably upset mostly because 2012 was the year the Fighting Irish reached the National Championship Game and went undefeated in the regular season. The 9-4 season the next year probably isn’t as concerning, but the team did win the Pinstripe Bowl for what that may be worth.