Golden Boy Degenerate gambler Paul Hornung thinks Notre Dame football has lapsed into mediocrity because the University's admissions standards are too high for talented African-American high school athletes to meet:
Hornung told Detroit's AM-1270 The Sports Station, an ESPN radio affiliate, on Tuesday that Notre Dame must ease up on its academic restrictions because "we gotta get the black athlete. We must get the black athlete if we're going to compete," Hornung said.
The article (second link) provides Notre Dame's response, which was pretty much what I was thinking: many of Notre Dame's football players are black and still managed to meet Notre Dame's stringent standards, and to say that talented black athletes can't get in is racist, demeaning, and insulting to every black athlete who has ever been admitted to Notre Dame.
Moreover, lowering admissions standards for athletes, especially black athletes, would do those kids an incredible disservice. Notre Dame faculty expect all incoming freshman to possess certain core competencies, and teach accordingly. Unlike some schools (e.g., the University of Cincinnati), Notre Dame is not a place for students who need extensive remedial instruction. Football players are no exception (granted, tutors, study tables, etc. are provided for athletes, just like anywhere else). What I'm trying to say (and doing it badly) is that Notre Dame is not a football factory where players can come in and take ridiculously easy classes to stay eligible. They are required to take certain required classes, held to the same standards as every other student, and must be prepared to meet those standards from the first day of freshman year. Letting kids in who can't do the work is setting them up for failure and is simply unfair.