The NCAA announced Tuesday that it had vacated all 21 Notre Dame wins from the 2012 and 2013 seasons after it upheld a ruling that football players participated while ineligible. Among those 21 wins is a 17-13 victory over Michigan State in 2013, which stood as the Spartans’ only loss in a season when they finished No. 3 in the AP Poll.
NCAA appeals committee upholds ruling that Notre Dame must vacate all wins in which football players participated while ineligible during the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons. https://t.co/ZF8QSzmiLP
— NCAA (@NCAA) February 13, 2018
From the NCAA decision:
In the NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions’ decision, the panel found a former Notre Dame athletic training student 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. The panel prescribed the vacation of records, along with a probation period and a show-cause order for the former athletic training student.
Michigan State was 12-1 during the regular season, as was Auburn, which got the nod for the National Championship game against Florida State. The Spartans were on the outside looking in on the BCS title game, and beat No. 5 Stanford in the Rose Bowl, 24-20.
Unfortunately for MSU fans, Notre Dame’s vacated win doesn’t mean the Spartans can retroactively enter the title game. The Spartans will still have a loss recorded in the record books (Notre Dame’s win gets wiped, but MSU’s loss doesn’t), and Florida State still played Auburn in the championship game. Those things happened, NCAA ruling or not.
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