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Irish on Probation, Faces Recruiting Limits for Violations

Brian Kelly NCAA hits Notre Dame with one-year probation, other penalties for recruiting violations
Cary Erickson | 23 January, 2021, 22:45

The individuals involved were former cornerbacks coach Todd Lyght and linebacker Sav'ell Smalls of Garfield High School in Seattle, according to ESPN.

Notre Dame's football program is on NCAA probation until next January after admitting to recruiting violations in 2019 in which a now-former assistant had an impermissible in-person meeting with one prospect and sent impermissible text messages to another.

The school agrees with the NCAA enforcement staff that a former assistant football coach had "impermissible contact" with two prospects.

The case also involved a Level III recruiting violation involving the head football coach.

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The infractions case was adjudicated through the NCAA's negotiated resolution process.

The NCAA described the former assistant's violations as Level II, which are considered significant but not the most egregious in the four-level penalty structure. He was mixed up in similar infraction cases involving Florida's Dan Mullen and Texas A&M's Jimbo Fisher, which led to the pair of head coaches receiving show causes a year ago for improper recruiting contact.

It should also be noted that if the COVID pandemic prohibits a penalty being handed out, it will be served at the next available opportunity. Reduced football official visits for the 2020-21 academic year by one. "While we made clear to the NCAA our view that the agreed-upon penalties exceeded the nature of the infractions, we accept the final outcome of the case". In 2020, Notre Dame went 10-0 in the regular season as a temporary member of the ACC before falling to both Clemson and eventual national champions Alabama in the conference championship game and Rose Bowl semifinal, respectively.