The NCAA announced Tuesday that Notre Dame must vacate its wins from 2012 and 2013 due to violations by a student athletic trainer.
According to the NCAA's statement, the former student trainer completed course work for two football players. Those two student-athletes, along with a third football player also committed academic misconduct on an individual level, which would make them ineligible to play.
In addition to assisting those two football players with their work, the trainer also, "provided impermissible academic assistance to six additional football student-athletes in a total of 18 classes."
The trainer provided academic assistance to the players both during her final year as a student and in the year after she graduated, according to the NCAA.
Although the NCAA did not name any of the players involved, the Chicago Tribune notes that the report stems from an investigation that began in 2014.
During that investigation, the university suspended defensive lineman Ishaq Williams, receiver DaVaris Daniels, linebacker Kendall Moore and cornerback KeiVarae Russell.
Notre Dame's coach, Brian Kelly, said the university would appeal the order to vacate the wins.
In all, the NCAA determined that three of the athletes wound up playing at some point while they were ineligible, according to the Chicago Tribune.
Penalties for this violation include censure for the university, one year of probation, the vacation of records for the time in which ineligible athletes played and a $5,000 fine.
Brian Kelly on severity of NCAA penalty. "It was student-on-student cheating. The NCAA agreed with that finding. It was clearly excessive."— Tim Prister (@timprister) November 22, 2016
The university must also disassociate itself with the former student trainer.
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