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11,000 students were let into a football game, and now Notre Dame is reprimanding them for an on-field celebration. In a game against Clemson, where Notre Dame beat the Tigers 47 to 40, Coach Brian Kelly anticipated a flooding of the field after the victory. And that's exactly what happened. Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick had a feeling there would be an issue with crowd control, and he also knew there had been almost 1400 cases on campus, yet he encouraged the students to congregate. This was totally a preventable incident, and yet no one did anything but try to save face afterward.
"Notre Dame let 11,000 students into a football game — and now is reprimanding them for acting like students at a football game."
Now students are subject to mandatory testing with strict penalties if they leave town before getting their test results such has being prevented from registering for classes. Also the university has introduced a zero tolerance rule for gatherings that do not follow safety protocols.
It just seems so hypocritical on the part of Notre Dame. They messed up by letting college students act like college students, deflected all blame aimed at leadership, and slid it off onto the students instead.
Jenkins is probably just now understanding the extent to which he undermined himself and his authority with his glad-handing conduct at the White House reception for Amy Coney Barrett, the ex-Notre Dame Law School faculty member who joined the Supreme Court. Jenkins now finds himself in the position of trying to enforce “zero tolerance” and “severe sanctions” for similar superspreader events amid an undefeated football season. Good luck with that. There is nothing more maddening and ineffectual than a leader who flouts their own rules while holding others to them.