Multiple reports confirm the Notre Dame football program committed minor NCAA recruiting violations. The Irish will face one year of probation and a $5,000 fine for the infractions.
A former Notre Dame assistant coach who illegally met with a high school player is the guilty party. In January of 2019, that coach met with a student and sent several text messages between July 17th and August 9th. September 1st would have marked the start of that player’s junior year, so the coach’s actions would have been permissible if he waited until that date.
Head coach Brian Kelly also made unacceptable contact with a 2021 recruit at a high school football game back in 2019.
The NCAA and Notre Dame have reached a settlement that will end their recruitment with the high school student-athlete and pause recruitment at that school through the 2021-22 school year in addition to the aforementioned fine.
Notre Dame enjoyed an undefeated 2020 regular season before losing in the ACC Championship Game and the Rose Bowl. The program will be sending off high-quality players to the NFL Draft, which makes the closure of recruiting at certain schools a fairly significant loss.