Notre Dame's women's basketball team had football players practice with the squad earlier this month.
Turns out, they unknowningly violated a minor, obscure NCAA rule.
The women's team had football players, including defensive backs Jashaad Gaines and Sergio Brown and defensive end Justin Brown, work out with the team. The players enjoyed their time with the team and said they wanted to help out.
"It's fun," Justin Brown said. "I know a lot of the girls on the women's basketball team, like a lot of them are my friends, like my little sisters and stuff."
Notre Dame associate athletics director for compliance Mike Karwoski said, though, that if a male scholarship athlete, known as a counter, practices with a women's team, it is a violation. Karwoski said the rule is so obscure, he wasn't even familiar with it at first.
"You're not allowed to practice with a women's team, that's what the bylaw said," Karwoski said.
Karwoski said none of the eligibility of the football players involved or the women's basketball players will be affected and that at most, the school might have to report the violation with a letter to either the Big East conference or NCAA and that then it'll be done.
-By Michael Rothstein of The Journal Gazette