August 24, 1998
NOTRE DAME, Ind. - The University of Notre Dame last spring self-reported to the NCAA potential violations of NCAA rules. One matter involved five current student-athletes who were guests of a teammate for a January 1998 Chicago Bulls game outing paid for by Kim Dunbar.
Following the NCAA's routine procedure with self-reports, the University declared the five student-athletes ineligible, then sought immediate restoration of their eligibility contingent on the players repaying the value of the benefit received. The NCAA has informed the University that it has accepted the University's actions and restored the eligibility of those five players. Notre Dame anticipates receiving a final, written response from the NCAA at some future date concerning all information provided in the self-report.
Said Notre Dame athletic director Michael Wadsworth:
"We were delighted when this issue was clarified. Until such time as you learn the answer you always harbor some concern. We're hoping to receive a final response on the entire matter from the NCAA in the next week or two. Although there are no longer eligibility implications for this team, we will all be a lot happier when we receive a final NCAA decision on the self-report."
Said Irish football coach Bob Davie: