Sorry Notre Dame, your time is up as the second all-time winningest program in college football. Make room for the Longhorns and Ohio State.
The NCAA rejected Notre Dame’s appeal of 21 vacated wins, making the Fighting Irish’s all-time win total 885. Texas and Ohio State, with 898 wins, are now second only to Michigan, who has 943 wins.
Nebraska is fourth with 893 wins with Alabama’s 891 wins rounding out the top five.
Notre Dame’s vacated wins stem from academic misconduct from 2009 to 2013. Notre Dame president. Rev. John Jenkins, issued a stiff statement on the rejection:
“We are deeply disappointed by and strongly disagree with the denial of the University’s appeal, announced today by the NCAA,”
“To impose a severe penalty for this retroactive ineligibility establishes a dangerous precedent and turns the seminal concept of academic autonomy on its head. At best, the NCAA’s decision in this case creates a randomness of outcome based solely on how an institution chooses to define its honor code; at worst, it creates an incentive for colleges and universities to change their honor codes to avoid sanctions like that imposed here.”
Texas and Notre Dame have a rich history. The two schools met in the 1970, 1971 and 1978 Cotton Bowls. Texas’ victory in the 1970 Cotton Bowl capped off the 1969 National Championship season, but the Longhorns lost the two other bowl games. The 1978 loss prevented Texas from winning a national title.
The last time Texas and Notre Dame played was in 2016, when Texas beat Notre Dame 50-47 in overtime– a game that set the Royal-Memorial Stadium attendance record.
So can Texas catch Michigan? The Wolverines would need to take a massive tumble to any program to catch them. Texas and Michigan will play a home-and-home series in 2024 and 2027.
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