NOTRE DAME LIKES TO CONSIDER THEMSELVES A BASTION OF MORALITY. SO DID JIMMY SWAGGART.

NO. 2 IRISH EYE ELIGIBILITY ISSUE

Notre Dame, which begins the season ranked second in the AP Top 25 poll, is looking into the eligibility of several players -- including defensive captain Tom Zbikowski, according to a South Bend television station.

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THE CURIOUS CASE OF TOM ZBIKOWSKI

Notre Dame defensive captain Tom Zbikowski was allowed to box professionally and earn money for his fight. While it appears that this bout was above board and compliant with NCAA regulations, what is preventing institutions from setting up bouts against Palooka Joa in order to generate a stream of income for their student athletes?
DIVISION I COMMITTEE ON INFRACTIONS ASSESSES PENALTIES AGAINST UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME FOR VIOLATIONS IN FOOTBALL PROGRAM

INDIANAPOLIS, INDIANA---The NCAA Division I Committee on Infractions has placed the University of Notre Dame on two years of probation and reduced athletic grants-in-aid in the football program by one each for the next two years for NCAA violations involving the provision of extra benefits to student-athletes.
 
The committee considered two series of events in the case, which occurred between the summer of 1994 and summer of 1999. The first series of violations primarily concerned the provision of extra benefits to football student-athletes by a representative of the university's athletics interests. The second involved attempts by a student-athlete to sell complimentary tickets, the provision of extra benefits to student-athletes by a university employee, and academic fraud.
 
The university and the NCAA's enforcement staff contended that the violations in this case were secondary in nature. Through its deliberations, the committee concluded that the violations in both sets of violations were major.
 
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NOTRE DAME PUT ON TWO YEARS PROBATION FOR MAJOR NCAA INFRACTION

Institution: University of Notre Dame
Date: 17-DEC-99

Facts Summary: Extra Benefits:

Violation Summary: Extra Benefits provided to football student-athletes in the form of gifts and trips by a representative of the instituion's athletics interests; an university employee provided extra benefits to student-athletes; a student-athlete paid a university employee to prepare an academic paper.

Penalty Summary: Public reprimand and censure; two years of probation; financial aid awards in football reduced by one during each academic year of 2000-01 and 2001-02; annual reports regarding compliance.

NCAA Link

THE CURIOUS CASE OF LOU HOLTZ

Lou Holtz coached at South Carolina, Notre Dame, Minnesota, Arkansas and NC State.

At South Carolina, the NCAA found violations under Holtz's tenure.

At Minnesota, the NCAA found violations under Holtz's tenure.

But nothing happened at Notre Dame? What are they covering up?

Losers!

Punt, goddamnit!