Notre Dame’s vacated wins hurt the program in the all-time standings.
Earlier today, the NCAA appeals committee upheld the ruling that Notre Dame must vacate 21 wins from the 2012 and 2013 seasons because of using an ineligible player. The punishment comes as a result of the school’s academic scandal, during which a student trainer was found to have committed academic misconduct.
While losing 21 wins doesn’t hurt the Fighting Irish too much in a vacuum–we all saw the games and know who won, after all–it does diminish the program’s standing in the college football record books.
Before today, Notre Dame was second all-time in wins with 906. Only Michigan (943) had more.
However, now the Irish are down to 885 wins, which drops them to seventh all-time. Yale is now second with 902 wins, followed by Ohio State, Texas, Nebraska and Alabama.
Oklahoma is one win behind Notre Dame in eight place with 884 total victories.
Additionally, Michigan and Notre Dame entered today with an identical winning percentage of .729 all-time. That’s good for third-best in NCAA football history and tops in Division I history.
The two programs open up the 2018 season against each other, so the game was supposed to put one team ahead of the other in all-time winning percentage. That’s out of the question now.
The vacating of 21 wins by Notre Dame moves Alabama up one spot (to No. 6) on the NCAA all-time list. UA has 891 wins, ND now at 885. (Alabama also has 21 vacated wins, per NCAA)
— Cecil Hurt (@CecilHurt) February 13, 2018
Michigan vs. Notre Dame was going to be a battle for CFB's all-time winning percentage before the NCAA vacated wins from the Irish.
Guess no one will watch now, huh.https://t.co/FrL1VnCOQ7
— Land Of 10 (@landof10) February 13, 2018
Notre Dame fans pride themselves on the program’s rich tradition, so these stats have to sting.
The university president addressed the punishment here.