​Notre Dame is engulfed in a scandal involving a former athletic trainer and several of their football players from the 2012 and 2013 seasons.


The trainer allegedly completed coursework for two players and provided academic benefits to six others.


As a result, the NCAA ruled the program will face one year of probation, a $5,000 fine and have to vacate wins from the 2012-13 and 2013-14 seasons.

Head coach Brian Kelly addressed the allegations in his press conference on Tuesday, stating he disagreed with the punishment.


"It's never happened before in the history of the NCAA, the penalty has never been issued in this fashion before,” Kelly said, according to ESPN. “I think that qualifies for being, first of all, it was discretionary, this is a discretionary action by the committee. That's No. 1. No. 2, student-on-student cheating, nobody implicated. The NCAA agreed across the board with that finding, and it was clearly excessive, so we're gonna appeal this, and one of the options or clear reasons for appeal is that the penalty is excessive in its discretion and we believe we have obvious grounds there.”


The school has reportedly appealed the NCAA's decision, so we'll see how this situation develops.