Paul Finebaum didn’t hold back when discussing the academic scandal that has rocked Notre Dame’s football program. On Outside the Lines Wednesday, Finebaum claimed the Fighting Irish had sold their soul to win football games.
— Outside The Lines (@OTLonESPN) November 23, 2016
Here’s his full quote:
“Notre Dame used to stand for something. It used to stand for integrity. Now, in my mind, Notre Dame has simply sold its soul to simply try to win more football games. And that is a tragedy.”
It’s hard not to agree with his point. During Brian Kelly’s tenure as Notre Dame’s head coach, scandals have popped up frequently. The deaths of Declan Sullivan and Lizzy Seeberg, along with some arrests and academic issues have clouded the program’s once squeaky-clean image.
Notre Dame no longer evokes the image of the idyllic college athletics department with goodhearted student athletes. It just seems like another program now.