NCAA Infractions Committee to Hold Hearing on Dunbar Case
Enforcement staff characterizes case as secondary, not major.

April 16, 1999

The University of Notre Dame will be asked to appear before the NCAACommittee on Infractions in connection with the case of a woman who madegifts to several Notre Dame football players. The NCAA enforcement staffhas recommended that the matter be considered a secondary, as opposed to amajor, rules violation. However, as has happened in other instances, theinfractions committee wishes to conduct a hearing before reaching adecision.

The University has received preliminary notice of the hearing from theenforcement staff and is expected to be informed officially on April 21(Wed.). No date has been set for the hearing.

The woman, Kim Dunbar, pleaded guilty to embezzling funds from the SouthBend firm where she was employed and using a portion of those funds to payfor travel and other gifts to the Notre Dame players. The players were notimplicated in the embezzlement of the funds.

The University conducted an extensive investigation of the matter andself-reported it to the NCAA beginning in March 1998.

The eligibility of current players is not an issue before the committee.