Why Notre Dame vacating wins from 2012 could have mattered to Florida Gators
Notre Dame is in trouble with the NCAA after it found a student athletic trainer committed academic misconduct for two football players. As a result, according to the NCAA, one football player participated while ineligible during the 2012 football season, when the Fighting Irish went 12-0 before losing to Alabama in the BCS title game 42-14.
Among the penalties prescribed by the NCAA's panel - vacation of all records during that 2012 season for games in which the player participated.
The Florida Gators could have been playing for a national title. Seriously.
UF team finished No. 3 in the final BCS rankings, behind Notre Dame and ‘Bama. Could Will Muschamp have coached the Gators to a win over the Crimson Tide? Probably not. The Gators lost their bowl game 33-23 to Louisville in the Sugar Bowl.
But perhaps that ‘Bama game wouldn't have been the worst championship showing of the BCS/College Football Playoff era.