SOUTH BEND, Ind.--- Notre Dame Fans are equally upset and understanding when it comes to the news of the four players (KeiVarae Russell, DaVaris Daniels, Kendall Moore and Ishaq Williams) alleged involvement in academic dishonesty.
Potentially losing four key players to the Irish's success this season is obviously disconcerting. However, fans and alumni are glad to see the university is holding both the students and athletes accountable.
"Notre Dame is so much more than football," Tom Kostielney, Notre Dame Alumnus said. "They're kids making dumb decisions. It stinks in some way but in what Notre Dame stands for in terms of family and faith, it doesn't affect that at all. Football is the most public part of it but not the most important part of it."
"It shows they take education seriously even for athletes," Ian Sander, Notre Dame Alumnus said. "It sends a strong signal that if you cheat there are big consequences."
"In a way it tarnishes the emblem," George Kolettis, Notre Dame Medical Student said. "I'm still going to be optimistic, go to the games and cheer them on. Hopefully Everett Golson can lead this team to victory."
One downfall is the impact on local businesses when Notre Dame Football does poorly.
"If it adds a couple of games to the loss column, it definitely affects the amount of people that come to town and the overall excitement," Joe Mittiga, Owner of Corby's said. "We're all kind of sad. It's not the way we wanted to start the year off but what can you do about it? Notre Dame is the type of institution that takes academics seriously and it's not a surprise they're willing to enforce rules that maybe some other big name college schools are not. That's what Notre Dame is. They stand for what they stand for and we support them 100 percent."