Andrew Giangola, a spokesperson for the IMG Notre Dame Radio Network, said Thursday that the game deserves to be distraction free and Pinkett's comments made to Chicago's WSCR-AM were unacceptable. He said further decisions on Pinkett are pending.
Pinkett, who led Notre Dame in rushing from 1983-85, said: "I've always felt like, to have a successful team, you have to have a few bad citizens on the team." He pointed to the past success of Ohio State as an example.
Notre Dame athletic director Jack Swarbrick called Pinkett's comments "nonsense."