Paul Finebaum: Notre Dame Sold Its Soul To Win Games

SOUTH BEND, IN - OCTOBER 15: Head coach Brian Kelly of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is seen during the game against the Stanford Cardinal at Notre Dame Stadium on October 15, 2016 in South Bend, Indiana. Stanford defeated Notre Dame 17-10. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images)

Paul Finebaum: Notre Dame Sold Its Soul To Win Games

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Paul Finebaum: Notre Dame Sold Its Soul To Win Games

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.

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.

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