Feb 6, 2013; Auburn, CA, USA; Eddie Vanderdoes announces his intentions to attend Notre Dame on national signing day. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

Vanderdoes Stays Due To Family Health Issue


At 8 p.m. on National Signing Day, Eddie Vanderdoes announced that he signed a letter of intent to Notre Dame. Earlier this week, he announced that he would attend UCLA instead of Notre Dame. When he enrolls at UCLA this year, he technically would not be allowed to play unless he is cleared by the NCAA first. Notre Dame refused to let Vanderdoes out of his LOI to “protect the integrity of the program.”

This is why he is pursuing a hardship waiver from the NCAA according to CBS Senior College Football Writer Bruce Feldman. According to Feldman’s article, a relative of Vanderdoes was diagnosed with a severe illness this winter. This is the reason why he wants to stay in his home state, California.

If Vanderdoes is successful on his appeal, he will be able to play this year. In circumstances similar to these, a player will typically be granted a waiver. Notre Dame’s Amir Carlisle was granted a waiver when he transferred from USC because his father had become a coach at Purdue.

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  • DaGeek

    So what explains the fact that he wants to play at a school 450 miles from his home? Anyone following this story knows that this is pure BS and that this is a last-ditch attempt to shame ND into letting him play. Aint gonna happen.

    • carlosatUCLA

      There’s the know-it-all, wanna-be pretentious, dorky ND fan attacking Vanderdoes. Typical of you folk, huh?

      • DaGeek

        Um…can you answer my question? There are five D1 schools less than half as far from Auburn CA as UCLA is. Why isn’t he attending one of those (the list includes Cal, which ripped UCLA 43-17 last year!)???

        • carlosatUCLA

          I mean, you realize that UCLA is many hundreds of miles closer than Notre Dame, right?