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Notre Dame Players say NCAA sanctions do not affect them

NOTRE DAME, Ind. -

It was tough to get a read on players Tuesday night in the wake of the sanctions handed down by the NCAA. None of the players on Notre Dame's current roster were in the program when the violations occurred four years ago, but this does leave a mark on the program. However, the players stood by the University and still are proud to call Notre Dame their school.

"Bottom line, Notre Dame's Notre Dame, and Notre Dame's going to be bigger than me, it's going to be bigger than you guys, so I don't think the brand of Notre Dame is tainted," Defensive Lineman Isaac Rochell said.

"We didn't do it so we're really just worried about USC, like I heard about it in class, so I was like I'm worried about USC," Junior Linebacker Nyles Morgan said.

"Obviously the outsiders, everybody's looking for a little reason to hate on this university and that's fine, that's the way it is, but we don't look at it any differently," Senior Offensive Lineman Mike McGlinchey said. "Notre Dame's Notre Dame, it's the best university in the world and we're just going to go out and continue to prove that by the character of guys we have in our locker room obviously there have been some mistakes made in the past. There's nothing we can do about it now and these guys are some of the most high character guys in the country."

Brian Kelly said Saturday his team was going to wake up from this nightmare soon but that may have to wait till their game with USC concludes.

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