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Report: family illness could factor into Eddie Vanderdoes’ appeal process.

Eddie Vanderdoes

Earlier this week, and after months of speculation, former Notre Dame commit Eddie Vanderdoes confirmed he would be transferring from the Irish to UCLA, his reported pre-Signing Day favorite, for “very personal reasons.”

Vanderdoes, a five-star defensive lineman in Notre Dame’s 2013 recruiting class from California, said in a statement via the Sacramento Bee that Notre was “very gracious to recognize not only how difficult a decision this was, but also how important it was for me to be near my family at this time. I take my commitments seriously, but as circumstances changed, the most important commitment is the one made to family.”

Now, it’s becoming clearer why Vanderdoes wanted to move closer to home. Bruce Feldman of that a family illness is the reason behind Vanderdoes’ flip, and Vanderdoes hopes his family situation will allow him to win an appeal that would make him eligible to play immediately

“Earlier this winter, a close relative of the 6-foot-2, 310-pound defensive lineman was diagnosed with a severe illness, the source said. That spurred Vanderdoes, rated the No. 1 defensive tackle from the class of 2013 by 247Sports, to want to remain in California for college,” Feldman reports.

ESPN’s Joe Schad reported earlier this week that Notre Dame did not release Vanderdoes from his National Letter of Intent. Therefore, the incoming freshman would have to sit out the 2013 season and would have four years to use his three remaining seasons of eligibility beginning in 2014. The Bee added that the Irish were concerned Vanderdoes would sign with rival USC.

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44 Responses to “Report: family illness could factor into Eddie Vanderdoes’ appeal process.”
  1. helladonks says: Jun 9, 2013 10:05 AM

    I hope they allow this.

  2. rheffero says: Jun 9, 2013 10:52 AM

    The fact thatthis guy is a 2 time decommitt does factor in here somehow

    I think it is a legitimate question to ask if he was drafted last week by say the maimi dolphins if he would not sign because of the same reasons.

    Whatever the deal is, he damages ND program with this decision to attend what the FBI. Has called them most dangerous campus in America.

  3. irishdodger says: Jun 9, 2013 11:06 AM

    Why would he wait till now to cite a family illness? If being close to home is essential, then why not choose Cal or another school that is truly closer to his home? UCLA is at least a six hour drive from where he lives.

  4. onward2victory says: Jun 9, 2013 11:34 AM

    Agreed, seems odd to wait until now to announce this. Doesn’t seem to add up.

    Has anyone heard anything else about the rumor that ND wouldnt hire EV’s trainer and ucla did hire him??

  5. paulhargis53 says: Jun 9, 2013 12:14 PM

    Do you ND fans know how small and petty you look?!

    Its his personal life. He doesn’t owe you, or anyone else an explanation. Grow the f*** up losers, its a game!

  6. kiopta1 says: Jun 9, 2013 12:21 PM

    Hope the family is well but a illness to a relative is vastly different than and illness to immediate family. The army not my job would let me out for a relative being ill.

  7. barnesaintnoble says: Jun 9, 2013 1:51 PM

    Notre Dame is the WORST. Scandal after serious scandal that involve death, suicide, and exploiting “fake” deaths for attention.

    I thought Notre Dame had it’s pick in which of the top recruits it wanted? If that was so, there would have been a quick release from his LOI. And don’t give the “protecting the integrity of the LOI” argument – this is solely a Notre Dame issue.

  8. pbinlostangeles says: Jun 9, 2013 2:07 PM

    OK, so a kid who has been granted an active full-ride scholarship, can do a “one-and-done” without corollary fallout, but the kid who, by comparison, changes his mind as to where he’ll go to school – after signing ONLY the letter of intent – loses a year of eligibility thereby also penalizing “the other school”?
    Seems to me, if that’s the case a salary should accompany the letter of intent signing, and be terminated ONLY if the kid goes elsewhere for school, not the NFL(?)
    Assuming this kid “goes the distance” with his three years, its UCLA who will lose his potential contribution.
    Other than the “win now” mentality – Mora et al – this dynamic makes no sense for football programs.

  9. mediocrebob says: Jun 9, 2013 3:56 PM

    Great comment Barnes. So many scandals at notre dame, right? Te’o is such a scam artist right? Moron.

    That place you refer to as ” the worst” also happens to be #1 in graduation rate for student athletes as well as coming off of a NC game last season.

    It’s one thing to point out facts. It’s another to just be a hater. Don’t be so obvious that you’re scared the Irish are back. And losing EV hurts just as much as it would any other program in the country. He’s the #1 DL in the country. But nd will manage. And you all will be on here searching for more bs to try to mock and rip on notre Dame for.

  10. 10of14 says: Jun 9, 2013 5:27 PM

    This is a BS scamp

  11. desal2ds says: Jun 9, 2013 6:51 PM

    Someone could have been given a shocking diagnosis after he signed.but I do agree with other posters that if that was important from the get go why sign at ND? If its about the trainer then shame on him. But either way it’s his right. How many students change majors? Choosing a school is half the battle. Best of luck to him and his family

  12. fnc111 says: Jun 9, 2013 7:18 PM

    whenever i read an ND hater saying there was a suicide I know it’s a troll that’s jealous and can’t spit out the real facts. Grow up Barnes, you cry baby.

    If this is true about EV he should be going to Cal instead. We all know this kid is a fraud though. It all comes down to the trainer and UCLA giving EV $50,000.

  13. bertenheim says: Jun 9, 2013 7:51 PM

    The ND fringe is the most paranoid, narcissistic, deluded element in football fandom.
    And two people are dead under Kelly’s watch.

  14. ajsjr40 says: Jun 9, 2013 8:19 PM

    I always thought it was strange that the NCAA lets multi million dollar coaches pack up and leave athletes behind but the athlete has to sit out a year to move on. The NCAA rules are ridiculous.

  15. 10of14 says: Jun 9, 2013 8:31 PM

    It’s a contract folks and most of the NCAA D1 coaches are fed up with kids playing the game to gain more favors. It is not ND. The coaches have banded together to say no to these yahoos and rightly so. Everyone wants to say that “they are just kids” and “they make mistakes.” Really? First, most of their parents choose their school. Secondly, my kids are in their early teens and have been taught for years that they should be careful with promises and commitments. If they are about to make a serious commitment, they should (and most do) consult their Mom and Dad. This family is full of Bologna. Get over your bias to ND folks; FSU, UF, USC and others are taking the same approach; you will not be left off the hook for a bad decision by you and your folks.

  16. mediocrebob says: Jun 9, 2013 9:30 PM


    You people are sad. You can hate them all you want. I don’t know. Maybe you wanted to go there and weren’t quite bright enough. But to try and blame a head football coach for the death of 2 students is getting old and boring.

    Get over the fact you don’t like the football program. BC the fact of the matter is, Notre Dame runs one of the cleanest programs in the country (which isn’t saying much) and will continue to graduate their athletes and be clean. Get over it, guys. That’s just the way it is.

  17. billybobyall says: Jun 9, 2013 10:04 PM

    It’s true what many have said. If he must be closer to home he would have transferred to Cal or stanfurd. I know Cal was pursuing him. It is weak of all school who pull this crap about not allowing a kid out of a scholie before setting foot on campus. And this ego stroking of nd saying “they’re protecting their integrity” is bs!

  18. bralinshan says: Jun 9, 2013 10:50 PM

    First, kids should not sign the LOI until they are ready to commit with 100% certainty. You can verbally commit without signing the LOI and kids should start doing it. The LOI is where the rubber meets the road.

    Second, if a prospective student athlete has a valid reason for not fulfilling his commitment, he should be let off by the university without penalty. There is no reason at all that a young man should have to go across the country IF he’s got a legit reason for needing to be near his home.

    However, if he’s been aware of a family circumstance all along, and then signs anyway, he should be required to pay a penalty to switch schools.

    Nobody on this site knows what the situation is with any certainty. If ND is being unreasonable and ignoring a true family issue, they will pay a big price in recruiting. Because schools will use this as a reason to avoid a school that is so callous and cares only about their program. But, if this kid is simply a flake whose using an illness as an excuse to get out of his commitment, ND will be fine.

  19. mediocrebob says: Jun 9, 2013 11:01 PM


    Ego? If notre dame or any school for that matter begin to allow this when does it end?

    Next they can show up for fall camp and see if its for them and then make a decision? You’re crazy.

    Don’t commit to a school across the country if you aren’t sure about it. How is everything somehow turned on Notre Dame? You people need a life.

    And I do wish EV well if this is all true. If not, oh well. It’ll catch up to him eventually

  20. algoldendomer says: Jun 10, 2013 9:11 AM

    Division 1 football schools closer to home than UCLA:

    1. Nevada Reno – 100 miles
    2. UCalifornia (which beat UCLA 43-17 last year) 110 miles
    3. Stanford 147 miles
    4. San Jose St. 152 miles
    5. Fresno State 206 miles

    UCLA – 445 miles.

    I think this is pretty strong evidence (unless grandma lives in Westwood) that the sick relative story is BS. Of course none of the above five institutions continued to recruit EV4 through his personal trainer, nor did Notre Dame.

    He. Shall. Sit.

  21. addict2sport says: Jun 10, 2013 9:41 AM

    Isn’t the drive to UCLA the same distance (in time) as a flight from ND? With had prices the way the are, I’m sure the travel costs are close to the same as well.

  22. bertenheim says: Jun 10, 2013 10:04 AM

    There are people living under third-world dictators who live quiet, timid lives listening to the nightly propaganda and content to avoid reality.
    They are more informed than some ND fans.

  23. mediocrebob says: Jun 10, 2013 10:28 AM

    Oh yeah Bert? You must be better informed. Please share with us uninformed Irish fans.

  24. bertenheim says: Jun 10, 2013 11:56 AM

    Two people are dead who would not be if public safety had been given priority over football.

  25. mediocrebob says: Jun 10, 2013 12:37 PM

    Go on…

  26. jsepeta says: Jun 10, 2013 1:58 PM

    Grow up, Vanderdoes! It’s a contract, for which you are legally accountable. A four year ride at the University of Notre Dame runs around $240,000 at last calculation. Plus football players get to eat steak while other students are served pasta products. Add to that the value of having EVERY HOME GAME BROADCAST ON NBC and how that affects your NFL draft valuation, and Vanderdoes could be turning down potentially millions by backing out of his contract with ND. So fuck him.

  27. bamapat says: Jun 10, 2013 2:02 PM

    Who cares? Roll tide!!!

  28. Ben Kercheval says: Jun 10, 2013 2:05 PM

    Who cares? Roll tide!!!


    Normally, I find “who cares” “yawn” et al comments to be useless and worthy of being deleted, but this is pretty damn funny.

  29. charleyman48 says: Jun 10, 2013 3:24 PM

    To all you pinheaded, snot bubble blowing, small minded uninformed morons who are totally mis- informed. Notre Dame Notre Shame. We are talking about a person. His name is Eddie Vanderdoes from a very small town on the hills above Sacramento, California. A teenager with a very close family. He attended Placer High School small with some 1200 students not L.A. or San Francisco schools with some 3000+ playing in custom stadiums. A small family orientated population steeped in history. As you would travel up Hwy 80 towards Reno, Nevada barley getting a glimpse because it is that small. You make him out a piece of meat for your pleasure to poke, prod and hurl insults at. I have seen Eddie in person. A fine young man who found out AFTER signing, who cares about others and this has nothing to do that will affect your lives in any way. So put on your big boy pants, wipe your snot bubbles off your faces and let him play. Where ever he wants.

  30. algoldendomer says: Jun 10, 2013 3:39 PM

    Bamapat – obviously you care, because you’re reading and posting on this blog.

  31. algoldendomer says: Jun 10, 2013 3:41 PM

    Charleyman, then he should attend UN-Reno, don’t ya think? It’s a smaller school, more family-oriented, and it’s an hour and a half drive from Auburn. Don’t you get it – this family illness thing would hold more water if he weren’t looking to attend UCLA, 445 miles away!

    He can play, wherever he wants – in 2014.

  32. mediocrebob says: Jun 10, 2013 4:33 PM


    Thanks for that. Since you say he’s a good guy, I guess I have to believe it.

    I guess we also have to believe that “Notre Shame” (very creative) isn’t getting the shit end of this deal. No matter how they handled this, people would find a way to rip them.

    But I’ll just take you for what you seem to be worth.

  33. sprizzle2182 says: Jun 10, 2013 4:43 PM

    fnc111 says:
    Jun 9, 2013 7:18 PM
    whenever i read an ND hater saying there was a suicide I know it’s a troll that’s jealous and can’t spit out the real facts. Grow up Barnes, you cry baby.

    If this is true about EV he should be going to Cal instead. We all know this kid is a fraud though. It all comes down to the trainer and UCLA giving EV $50,000.

    Okay FNC i wanna make sure i get this right… are you calling the family of the girl who killed herself after she stated she was raped and then threatened by ND football players liars or are you saing that she didn’t really commit suicide? Bc those ARE the facts, she reported it, the school stated that they were doing an internal investigation (ask Penn St about those) and then after she passed it was basically dead docketed bc the victim could no longer testify or speak with prosecutors… so please, inform us what part of that story isnt factual, and be careful where u tread, bc although shes not here to defend herself anymore, unless you have extremly insightful info into the case you can’t sit here and call it a lie..

  34. charleyman48 says: Jun 10, 2013 5:29 PM

    As I should have guessed a Notre Blame guy would have to have his two cents worth. A degree from UCLA vs U of Reno. Do you even know what Eddie is majoring in? I’ll take it one step further. I played football for twelve years, coached for ten years, recruited and scouted for college and pro players and I do know this kid. Did I say Kid? Yap one 18 year old who has a family member SICK! Or as you refer to it as a “Illness Thing” or better yet include his Grandmother. You have the nerve to question this like you live next door or maybe related to him. How about he goes wherever he damn well wants to “don”t ya think”.

  35. mediocrebob says: Jun 10, 2013 6:15 PM

    Yes he can go anywhere he pleases. But if he’s allowed to pull this, when does it stop? What’s the point of signing the LEGAL DOCUMENT that is LOI?

    Why is nobody talking about the very similar situation with FSU right now? BC you’re all obsessed with Notre Dame

    And I believe that the “rape” case was investigated. Seems that nothing came of it. Keep digging.

  36. algoldendomer says: Jun 10, 2013 10:24 PM

    Sprizzle – you do not know what you are talking about. The girl was not “raped.” She claimed that she was assaulted (more specifically, “touched”). Leave her family alone, let her rest in peace. I fail to see how the alleged actions of one ND player has anything to do with Eddie Vanderdoes’ willfully deciding not to honor a contract he’s signed. There is no connection.

    Besides, google will tell you that there is nary a college that doesn’t have players in trouble with the law. “Florida State player arrested” in quotes will give you 253,000 hits on google, for example. Still, no connection with the case at hand, other than gives you ND haters something to squawk about, since ND graduated 100% of their players, 100% of the A-A players, and still played for the NC. Eat me, haters.

  37. algoldendomer says: Jun 10, 2013 10:27 PM

    Charleyman48 – OK, Reno isn’t an option. Why doesn’t the kid go to Cal, then. ONE FOURTH as many miles away from home and a better academic institution. Huh? Riddle me that one, smart guy!

  38. charleyman48 says: Jun 11, 2013 2:33 AM

    I would never even try to Riddle a simple mind Mr Notre Shame. That would keep you stuck in the middle of nowhere Indiana trying to figure it out. Last time I checked this was a free country and Eddie can pick wherever he wants to continue his higher education. And if you had done your due diligence you would have learned that UCLA is right up there in academia and tops in national championships. Cal on the other hand is rebuilding it’s program where as UCLA is on the rise. I know what he is majoring in and UCLA is one of the top Universities in the nation in his chosen field not Cal.You really need to get over the loss of Eddie leaving and instead get a life.

  39. algoldendomer says: Jun 11, 2013 9:26 AM

    Charleyman, you are so full of $hit your eyeballs are turning brown. First of all, if you knew what boy genius (tutored to get his 2.65 at Placer) is majoring in (that UCLA is so tops in), you’d reveal it. You do not. Second of all, if Cal is rebuilding and UCLA is so great, you wouldn’t know it from the 26 point drubbing the Bears handed the Bruins late last year. Third, it is a free country and that is why Eddie is switching to UCLA. It is not, however, a country without laws, and when you sign a legally binding contract and then break it, there are repercussions. And the repercussion for EV4 is that HE. SHALL. SIT. We’ll see how good he is (he looks like he hasn’t lost all his baby fat) in 2014.

  40. algoldendomer says: Jun 11, 2013 9:30 AM

    Charleyman – UCLA has lots of NCs, but only 1/2 in football. ONE HALF – back in 1954. So don’t give me this “UCLA football is great.” It’s not. You had an OK year last year. The year before U$C laid half a hundred on you. We’ll see how much staying power Mora has. I’m betting not so much.

    And I dearly hope that the NCAA lays wood on the program for continuing to recruit EV4 after NSD, long before ND gave its permission.

  41. irishfbfan1 says: Jun 11, 2013 6:02 PM

    rheffero says:

    “Whatever the deal is, he damages ND program with this decision to attend what the FBI. Has called them most dangerous campus in America.”

    If this is true then none of the Universities in the Country are safe. Notre Dame is by far one of the safest College Campus’s in the Country!

  42. irishfbfan1 says: Jun 11, 2013 6:30 PM

    For those individuals saying it is a Notre Dame problem because of the transfers once again you are looking, trying to find wrong, and it is just not there.

    Those of you who really know the situation know that this goes on all over the country with every University. Notre Dame is a difficult school, and it is demanding. As with the Golson case the University does not sweep under the rug. Not many other schools would have allowed this to leak out but that is what makes ND special. They refuse to sacrifice academics to enhance athletics, and non ND people have a problem with this.

    Another thing to remember, we were 12-1, an outstanding football season, many returning off of this 12-1 team, many guys want to come in and play right now and this is going to be difficult at a lot of positions with this ND Football team.

    You got a kid who had a baby and wants to be close to his child-Not A ND problem

    You got a kid who wants to be the starting QB, realized he was not first, and not going to be in the future so he left so he can play right now-this is Kiel’s fault, he should have stayed, again not a ND problem.

    You got a kid who says now he wants to be home close to his family because of an illness in the family-once again not A ND Problem

    We had a stud defensive lineman who was from MIAMI, he was having difficulty in the classroom as well as he missed his family-not a ND problem

    Golson incident, he is a smart kid, he got lazy, and once again ND is not easy, nor will it sacrifice academics in any way to enhance athletics.- Not a ND problem.

    The school is difficult, and they do not care if you are the starting QB or not it is academics first!

    As an SEC fan said a week ago, “it is amazing with the strenuous academic nature of the University of Notre Dame that they still find athletes that can compete with the USC’S, michigan’s, Stanford’s, Oklahoma’s, etc…I have to hand it to ND, they were #1 during the regular season in football, and at the same time #1 in the “GSS ” ,Classroom. Thats pretty damn special since nobody else is even close!”

    This coming from an SEC FAN


  43. scottsmanaproud1 says: Jun 22, 2013 8:50 PM

    This thread is laughable. Was it not Brian Kelly in 2009 that told his Cincinnati team shortly after a successful that he was returning only to bolt a short time later when Notre Dame came a calling. He was in the middle of a contract and paid a million dollars to get out of (likely paid by Notre Dame). Based upon this, his handling of the Vanderdoes situation it is nothing short of pure hypocrisy. Do as I say not as I do.

  44. irishfbfan1 says: Jun 22, 2013 9:22 PM

    First of all to the individual who said that Brian Kelly left Cincy to come to Notre Dame and this is the same thing.

    WRONG, Brian Kelly like many other coaches across the country have what is called a clause that says contract will be signed for said length of time BUT if the Notre Dame job comes open I would like to talk to them. I don’t think there is a clause that says its ok to go to Notrr Dame and sign, then decide to come up with something that can be used in his favor so he can transfer to UCLA.

    Once again, Brian Kelly is doing the right thing, he is making Eddie held accountable . If leaving Cincy to go to ND did not have a specific clause than Brian Kelly would have been held accountable with a fine or not getting paid the said amount or whatever. Brian Kelly himself has stated this, he said I too as we as the rest of my coaches should be held accountable whether it involve a buyout or fine. Same thing with the players, he should set out a year just like everybody else.

    Kelly wins here, regardless of the outcome, he did the right thing!

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