Former Notre Dame commit Eddie Vanderdoes won his appeal to the National Letter of Intent Steering Committee on Tuesday and is eligible to play for UCLA this fall. Vanderdoes signed his NLI with Notre Dame on Feb. 6, but in June the Sacramento area native decided he'd rather stay closer to home due to the health of a family member.
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly refused to release Vanderdoes from his NLI, citing the "integrity of that very important program."
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Kelly released a statement Wednesday morning to issue his thoughts on the ruling.
"While I disagree with yesterday's decision by the NCAA National Letter of Intent Appeals Committee to reverse its original ruling and grant Eddie Vanderdoes a complete release from his NLI, I understand and respect the entire appeal process," he said. "However, this result does not change my opinion concerning the importance of protecting the integrity of the NLI program, nor will it change our approach to the process going forward."