Bumped this up for more discussion and feedback. - BN Eds.
Current Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly refuses to allow DL Eddie Vanderdoes out of his letter of intent due to one thing: "accountability". He goes on to explain that he has never, in 23 years of coaching football, had a player asked to be let out of his letter of intent. The situation with Vanderdoes hit the scene about the same time as the news regarding former Notre Dame QB Everett Golson, who is no longer enrolled in school. Golson apparently had "poor academic judgement", which, one could speculate, had something to do with cheating and the like considering the timing of the incident and its proximity to finals (although my speculations are not confirmed). Kelly actually says Golson and Vanderdoes are no longer on the team for the same reason. Golson did not live up to the academic standards set by Notre Dame, and therefore, has to be held accountable as well.
Are you kidding me? Eddie has asked to be released from his NLI in order to be closer to family and his sick grandmother. Can you really put a person with the integrity to change their path in college, and perhaps their life, in order to stay close to family, in the same category as someone who more than likely cheated? I think not.
Kelly needed to show Eddie the same courtesy he was shown when he was let out of his contract with Cincinnati. He says he too was held accountable because he had to pay $1 million in buyouts. I think not, coach. That is money you OWED the Bearcats. Eddie has not received one cent from Notre Dame so far and is giving the university plenty of time to fill his vacancy on the team. He has chosen to remain near his family and be the kind of person we ALL want as a Bruin: one with a sense of loyalty, initiative, and, integrity. I know Coach would agree with me as all of those things are found on his pyramid of success. Welcome, Eddie, to UCLA. We love you already and wish you and your family the best.