University of Notre Dame football radio analyst Allen Pinkett was suspended for at least the season opener after he said the team needs “criminals” to win.
Don Criqui and Jeff Jeffers will handle the broadcast, according to a statement from IMG. The Fighting Irish open the season against the U.S. Naval Academy in Dublin, Ireland, on Sept. 1
“The event deserves to be free of distraction,” Andrew Giangola, an IMG Notre Dame Radio Network spokesman, said in the statement.
Further decisions on Pinkett, a two-time All-American running back at Notre Dame in the 1980s, will be made at a later date, according to the statement, which didn’t give details.
Pinkett said during a radio interview this week that successful teams need a few bad citizens. He spoke after Notre Dame suspended two players, including leading rusher Cierre Wood, for two games for violating team rules.
“I mean, that’s how Ohio State used to win all the time,” he said. “They would have two or three guys that were criminals. That just adds to the chemistry of the team. I think Notre Dame is growing because maybe they have some guys that are doing something worthy of a suspension, which creates edge on the football team. You can’t have a football team full of choir boys.”
Notre Dame Athletic Director Jack Swarbrick called the remarks “nonsense.”
“Of course, Allen does not speak for the university, but we could not disagree more with his observation,” Swarbrick said.
Notre Dame was 8-5 last season.
Bloomberg Radio is the broadcast home for Notre Dame football in New York.