Notre Dame To Lower Its Academic Expectations… At Least For Football Players
Why are these Notre Dame football players celebrating? Because their program may be capable of winning a national title. But why that is has nothing to do with the upcoming Fighting Irish squad; rather, it's thanks to a change in philosophy throughout the university.
The football program, which has floundered in mediocrity (and below) ever since Brady Quinn graduated in 2006, is lowering its academic criteria for prospective football players, and has become more lenient when it comes to dealing with disciplinary issues.
This will ultimately result in coach Brian Kelly being capable of recruiting players who would not have been accepted to Notre Dame under their previous standards, and it will allow players who get in trouble to not miss as much time as they previously would have.
No one at Notre Dame openly is saying there has been a shift in philosophy at the school, but words aren’t necessary. Last week, Kelly reinstated star wide receiver Michael Floyd. Floyd already had avoided a school suspension after an arrest March 20 for a DUI. It’s safe to say punishment from the school would have been swift and severe in past years.
On one hand, the change in philosophy could be viewed as an evolution of sorts by the school, as no school who truly expects itself to win a national championship can do so with the previous academic standards that the football program held.
On the other hand, Notre Dame needs to keep an eye on just how far they let things slide under their new policies. It seems a little absurd for us to not have a formal punishment for an offense like the DUI that Floyd committed, and when you consider the recent negative publicity surrounding the program, there's a chance that this news won't initially be very well received.
But then again, winning can fix a lot of things, and if that's what the Fighting Irish's game plan is, then this is a step in the right direction.
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