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The Notre Dame radio network suspended former Irish running back and commentator Allen Pinkett without pay for two more games after his comments last week that teams need bad guys to give them an edge.
Pinkett had already been pulled off last Saturday's season opener against Navy in Ireland. He will now miss the games against Purdue and Michigan State.
Pinkett, who led Notre Dame in rushing from 1983-85, said during the interview with WSCR-AM of Chicago: ''I've always felt like, to have a successful team, you have to have a few bad citizens on the team.'' He pointed to Ohio State as an example.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick called Pinkett's comments ''nonsense.'' Pinkett has apologized.
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Former Notre Dame running back and Fighting Irish radio analyst
Allen Pinkett has been pulled off the broadcast of Saturday's
season opener against Navy in Dublin, Ireland, following his
comments that teams need bad guys to give them an edge.
Notre Dame’s first chance to make good on an oft-uttered off-season lament begins Saturday in the season-opening matchup vs. Navy.
The Navy football team is in Ireland and will face Notre Dame on Saturday morning. Head coach Ken Niumatalolo and selected players addressed the media after the first practice session.