Moff, you were in the thick of it in the mid-80's and would have great knowledge on this.
It is my understanding ND granted fifth year eligibility in '86 with our mutual OG buddy. I am wondering if he was the first or were there players before him granted a fifth year.
By the way, he had to graduate on time, get accepted to grad school, and be wanted back by both coaches and the school before he was accepted. A younger teammate of mine was in the '90 recruiting class and he got a fifth year as well.
The reason I am pointing this out is that ND has had fifth years going on almost 30 years now. Any decent journalist worth his/her salt should know that. How this is an issue to Kelly is beyond me. Heck, Kelly benefitted for Riggs TRANSITIONING this year into the grad program.
The contents of this post represent the views of the author. NDNation.com is not responsible for its contents.