The NCAA ruled this week that Notre Dame football will vacate 21 wins because of academic misconduct and for providing impermissible academic extra benefits.
Notre Dame President John I. Jenkins didn’t respond too kindly to that decision. Naturally, neither did former Fighting Irish running back Theo Riddick, who played for Notre Dame when they went 12-0 during the 2012 regular season.
“No need to be disappointed EITHER WAY my squad went UNDEFEATED!” Riddick tweeted Wednesday afternoon. “The work and talent we displayed will ALWAYS REMAIN! Regardless of what the NCAA has to say …”
— Theo Riddick (@TheoRiddick) February 14, 2018
Riddick rushed for 970 yards and posted 370 receiving yards, scoring 7 total touchdowns, during the 2012 season. Notre Dame played in the BCS National Championship that season but lost to Alabama, 42-14.
On Tuesday, the NCAA ruled the Irish would vacate their 12 victories from 2012 and nine wins from 2013, but as is the case with just about every instance where a college team has to vacate wins, the NCAA is not removing the losses from history for the schools Notre Dame beat.
So while the Fighting Irish now have 885 wins instead of 906 in the eyes of the NCAA, Notre Dame has still “handed a loss” to an opponent 906 times.
But in the opinion of Riddick, the NCAA can’t take away the wins either.