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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — The NCAA has ordered the Notre Dame Fighting Irish to vacate wins from their 2012 and 2013 football seasons in an academic misconduct case, it was announced Tuesday.

Football coach Brian Kelly says Notre Dame will appeal the ruling.

Notre Dame was the national runner-up during the 2012 season, losing to Alabama.

The NCAA found a trainer in violation of ethical conduct rules after committing misconduct by completing coursework for two student-athletes and providing impermissible academic benefits to six others. Another student athlete was found to have committed academic misconduct on his own.

As a result, Notre Dame is under probation for one year, vacated all records from which the student-athletes (one during 2012-13 and two during 2013-14) participated in, and had to pay a $5,000 fine, among other things.

“It’s never happened before in the history of the NCAA,” Kelly said Tuesday. “The penalty has never been issued in this fashion before. I think that qualifies for being, first of all, it was discretionary. This is a discretionary action by the committee. That’s No. 1. No. 2, student-on-student cheating, nobody implicated. The NCAA agreed across the board with that finding, and it was clearly excessive, so we’re gonna appeal this, and one of the options or clear reasons for appeal is that the penalty is excessive in its discretion and we believe we have obvious grounds there.”

Notre Dame on Tuesday issued a statement that said it retroactively lowered grades of three student athletes who received improper assistance from the former student, giving them no academic credit that was not honestly earned.

“We are disappointed in the actions of students who engaged in dishonesty,” the statement said, “but we are gratified that the NCAA investigation confirmed the conclusions of our own internal investigation: Notre Dame acted honorably throughout. As soon as professional staff suspected academic dishonesty on the part of a student, the matter was reported promptly, investigated aggressively and thoroughly and adjudicated in accord with our Academic Code of Honor procedures and norms.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.