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Hello Matt, As a life long Notre Dame fan, I am a bit biased on the question of "Should a player lose a year of eligibility". I also live near Florida State and are watching them go through the same thing. I think that a player needs to lose a year if they leave a school, or like you stated, National Signing Day becomes a even more of a circus then it already is a la "Lebron James Decision". Although I do understand circumstances change part of lessons of life is learning that sometimes there is a penalty for making those changes.
"I paid a million dollars in a buyout, too. There's accountability in making those decisions," Kelly said. "You can break the contract. He's broken the contract and he's going to go to another school. But there's a level of accountability there."
Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly said that the university wouldn’t release 2013 signee Eddie Vanderdoes to play at UCLA this year because he must be held accountable. Kelly is right. Vanderdoes signed the document. He has to live by it. So what took Notre Dame so long to commit to play at Arizona State in 2014? Sun Devils athletic director Steve Patterson said on the ESPNU College Football Podcast that it took a lot of lawyers and a lot of negotiation to get Notre Dame to agree to honor the contract it signed in 2008.