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Brian Kelly ‘respects’ appeal process, but doesn’t agree with Vanderdoes ruling

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Surprise, right?

Word began circulating yesterday evening that UCLA defensive lineman Eddie Vanderdoes would be eligible to play for the Bruins this year following his appeal to the NCAA. Notre Dame, the school Vanderdoes signed with in February, had been unwilling to release the five-star D-lineman, who transferred to UCLA earlier this summer. That would normally mean Vanderdoes would have to sit out the 2013 season and lose a year of eligibility.

Instead, Vanderdoes will have an opportunity to contribute immediately for the Bruins. That’s something Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly still isn’t 100 percent on board with. In a statement released through the university, Kelly said that while he understands and respects the NCAA’s appeals process, it does not change his stance on the matter.

“While I disagree with yesterday’s decision by the NCAA National Letter of Intent Appeals Committee to reverse its original ruling and grant Eddie Vanderdoes a complete release from his NLI, I understand and respect the entire appeal process,” Kelly said in a statement. “However, this result does not change my opinion concerning the importance of protecting the integrity of the NLI program, nor will it change our approach to the process going forward.”

A report from CBS’ Bruce Feldman in June said that Vanderdoes was citing a family illness as the cornerstone of his appeal, and the NCAA apparently felt the reason was legit. Does the decision open up the proverbial flood gates to other athletes seeking an appeal to get out of NLI’s? John Infante of doesn’t necessarily think so based on the fact that a trend was in place even before Vanderdoes’ case.

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22 Responses to “Brian Kelly ‘respects’ appeal process, but doesn’t agree with Vanderdoes ruling”
  1. mediocrebob says: Jul 31, 2013 1:30 PM

    I really hope to play UCLA in the next 4 years. Just hope it’s not in a bowl game BC that would mean the Irish aren’t in the BCS/ playoffs

  2. ttalarico says: Jul 31, 2013 1:38 PM

    It really makes the NLI a useless document for all schools not just ND.

  3. alligatorsnapper says: Jul 31, 2013 2:11 PM

    If what was reported is accurate, all a player would have to do is to claim they cannot go to their NLI university due to personal or family constraints, and threaten to sue and they will be released by the NCAA which is skittish about many of their rules and regulations not meeting the scrutiny of law.

  4. brady690 says: Jul 31, 2013 2:36 PM

    This, from the same guy that first left Central Michigan, while under contract. He then left UC, undefeated and preparing for a BCS game, for ND. Yes Brian, you are a man of morals and strong convictions,,,,,,,when they suit you and your needs.

  5. bucki06 says: Jul 31, 2013 2:39 PM

    Kelly (or any other coach for that matter) didn’t have to sit out a year when he abandoned UC. If coaches can do it, players should be allowed to.

  6. kiopta1 says: Jul 31, 2013 2:57 PM

    All you clowns talking about coaches do realize that money often exchanges hands when a coach leaves early right? Unless you think EV should have to pay or UCLA should have to pay ND for early release then shut up with the broken record of BK bitterness.

  7. mediocrebob says: Jul 31, 2013 3:20 PM

    I’m laughing historically at you people trying to rip on bk for leaving CINCINNATI for NOTRE DAME.

    You drive a Honda. Nice little car. Good on gas. Somebody comes up to you and says, ” hey, you can have this Bentley.” You turn it down?

    Didn’t think so.

  8. bucki06 says: Jul 31, 2013 3:30 PM

    kiopta1 says:
    Jul 31, 2013 2:57 PM
    All you clowns talking about coaches do realize that money often exchanges hands when a coach leaves early right? Unless you think EV should have to pay or UCLA should have to pay ND for early release then shut up with the broken record of BK bitterness.


    This isn’t BK bitterness. Obviously Kelly would have been crazy to turn down ND. The colleges may exchange money, but there’s no consequences for the coach breaching their contract while players are punished by sitting out a year. That’s all I’m saying.

  9. georgebrett says: Jul 31, 2013 4:22 PM

    Let the KID go!!! He’s a high school kid that understands that family comes first.

  10. jkaflagg says: Jul 31, 2013 4:24 PM

    The other thing that should come out of this situation is that a 5 Star recruit such as Vanderdoes should not sign a NLI; schools they wish to attend will wait for them without one….I’m sure Vanderdoes had no knowledge of the family situation that occurred, but he didn’t have to sign the NLI, Notre Dame or any other school would have held a scholarship for him.

  11. hotlantalaw says: Jul 31, 2013 5:40 PM

    Break a leg or two eddie

  12. Anoesis says: Jul 31, 2013 6:10 PM


    “I’m laughing historically…”

    How does that work, bob? I can see where the history of hypocrisy regarding athlete vs. coach loyalty would give you an ironic chuckle, but “laughing historically?” Hysterical laughter is a different animal, of course.

    Too bad Notre Dame can’t show some class when it comes to respecting an athlete’s desire to change his mind, no matter the reasoning. Kelly’s lack of empathy won’t win him many new recruits and ND’s fear a player might go to hated rival USC just makes them look petty.

  13. thegamecocker says: Jul 31, 2013 7:46 PM

    Brian Kelly had to take the stance of respecting the NCAA’s decision but not agreeing with it. Let’s call it as we see it: this SOB would have gone bonkers if Vanderdoes transferred to Southern Cal instead of UCLA! We all know that because it would have been just too much for Brian Kelly to digest. I hate coaches who leave their team just before an important bowl game. I have absolutely no respect for Kelly for leaving U. of Cinncy when he did. And I detest ND for pressuring him to do so…..another reason to not like ND….along with the TV deal…along with not being a true conference partner. And for their treatment of the Big Ten. If any conference ND should join, that is the one it should have been.

  14. ddmcd1974 says: Jul 31, 2013 8:08 PM

    You all against this realize the LOI is only a 1 year document and can in fact even be terminated before that so to say the LOI is now null and void may be correct but it really never was a binding document.

  15. irishdodger says: Jul 31, 2013 8:31 PM


    dude the SEC should thank ND for being one of the pioneers in getting a TV deal. And you should get ready to thicken your skin b/c you’re conference is going to get the “ESPN lovefest w/ the SEC” ALL SEASON LONG from the haters. And really…you begrudge ND from signing a TV contract w/ NBC? I’m sure you would have held the same contempt had a major network offered your favorite team a lucrative TV deal? Ah, the Big 10. You should check your CFB history. ND BEGGED to be admitted into the Big 10 but Fielding Yost of Michigan with his anti-Catholic hate & jealousy that ND would become a better team by being in the Big Ten led the charge to keep them out. As a consequence Knute Rockne was forced to travel nationwide for games which unwittingly led to their national appeal & their independence that has lasted to this day. Don’t hate the player…hate the game.

  16. mgmac says: Jul 31, 2013 8:46 PM

    is this the same brian kelly that sent a student videographer up on a lift in high winds? then the lift fell over in high winds killing the student. the same brian kelly that took zero responsibility for his actions. hey kelly, get over yourself

  17. coachbeck says: Aug 1, 2013 7:05 AM

    BK is right. By letting this kid out of NLI you set the standard for any kid who signs with a school out of their region the school in region can actively recruit the player through fellow signees. This sets a bad tone for those schools who recruit national.

  18. thegamecocker says: Aug 1, 2013 7:59 AM


    Thank you for the history lesson behind why ND is not in the Big Ten. But that was more than 60 years ago. In today’s world, ND is the only high-profile university with its own set of rules. While that provides an uneven playing field, ND still hasn’t dominated the sport in terms of NC’s. If you recall, ND would also not play in bowl games. Not sure when that ended but I think it was sometime in the ’70’s. My point is things change and while ND does have a national following, if they joined a conference 100%, that following would still stand IMO.
    I will look up Fielding Yost and his anti-Catholic POV. Again, thanks for the history

  19. theflyingtad says: Aug 1, 2013 12:14 PM

    He is a true freshman playing defensive line at a good FBS School. He probably won’t redshirt, but if his contributions are more than a little, it probably isn’t a great sign for UCLA

  20. abrellbama says: Aug 1, 2013 4:54 PM

    The NCAA is saying that a signed Letter of Intent (LOI) is worthless. What they are now saying is that a signed LOI isn’t worth the paper it was signed on so long as that person never played for the school or enrolled in the school, he can still change his mind, go elsewhere, and be eligible to play for the other team that very year with no punishment whatsoever. This has just gone too far. We need to wipe the NCAA out and start all over again.

  21. 1historian says: Aug 1, 2013 9:32 PM

    Last season there was a period of time when Notre Dame was #1 in the Div 1 poll and they were #1 in the percentage of student-athletes who graduated. That has never happened before and if it ever happens again it will in all probability be Notre Dame dong it.

    Yes know they got their butts kicked in the NC game, but at least they were IN the game.

  22. filmex2000 says: Aug 6, 2013 1:35 PM

    Someone should check Kelly’s basement. Kelly’s wive may have requested a divorce, and he’s got her locked up down there. He doesn’t take rejection easily.

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