Notre Dame vacates 2012 win over Miami, but Miami doesn’t gain the win

Notre Dame’s Everett Golson tackled by (left to right) Miami’s Eddie Johnson, A.J. Highsmith, Kacy Rodgers and Denzel Perryman at Soldier Field in Chicago on Oct. 6, 2012. (Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Congrats, Miami.

Sort of.

But not really.

Notre Dame’s appeal of an NCAA decision to vacate all 21 victories from the 2012 and 2013 seasons was denied by the NCAA Division I Infractions Appeals Committee, according to the South Bend Tribune.

The NCAA announced the decision on Tuesday.

One of the wins: a 41-3 thrashing of the Hurricanes on Oct. 6, 2012 at Soldier Field. Phillip Dorsett dropped a pair of would-be touchdown passes on the opening series, and Everett Golson and the Irish rolled over a UM squad that looked all kinds of bad.

Now, as it pertains to the books, that game never happened.

With Notre Dame vacating the win because of an academic misconduct scandal, the game is dropped from the Miami-Notre Dame series record.

Miami, however, doesn’t gain a win. That’s not how vacating games works, according to the NCAA. It is simply dropped from the record; Notre Dame doesn’t count it as a win, and Miami doesn’t count it at all.

“We didn’t play smart enough,” then-Miami coach Al Golden said that night, “we didn’t play disciplined enough and we didn’t make enough plays.”

Congrats to Golden, whom the Detroit Lions recently moved from tight ends to linebackers coach, for his career record at UM now drops a loss.

The decision improved Miami’s 2012 record to 7-4, which makes him 32-24. Even with his new winning percentage (.571), he still ranks 11th in program history in that category.

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