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Kelly weighs in on Vanderdoes' decision

Former Notre Dame recruit Eddie Vanderdoes won his appeal to the National Letter of Intent Steering Committee and will be eligible to play for UCLA this season.

Vanderdoes had signed with the Irish on national signing day on Feb. 6, but he had second thoughts about his decision and wanted to remain in his home state of California, citing health of a family member as the reason for his change of heart.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly would not release Vanderdoes from his letter of intent, saying the decision was to uphold the "integrity of that very important program."

In a statement released Wednesday by Notre Dame, Kelly gave his thoughts on the committee's ruling, which came down Monday and was reported late Tuesday night: "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. 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."

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