From the beginning of the recruiting process, Notre Dame's coaches operated under the premise that Bentley intended to come to Notre Dame, because that was what he constantly told them. Because Bentley's commitment seemed so strong, Notre Dame called Brian Ford, the No. 2 kicker on Notre Dame's list of prospects, and suggested that he consider other schools. The Notre Dame coaches learned that Bentley would commit to Florida State only 15 minutes before his press conference.
Once Bentley committed to Florida State, Notre Dame coach Lou Holtz spoke with Vanderbilt coach Gerry DiNardo and told him that he would not sign Ford to a scholarship unless Vanderbilt released him from his oral commitment, and DiNardo agreed to do so.
Sports Information Director, Notre Dame
My purpose in writing is not to trade blows with Scott Bentley but to defend myself and the university that has given me the best four years of my life. The entire Notre Dame family deserves better than the humiliation and scarring that Bentley has tried to inflict on it.
Among several misstatements, Bentley claimed that he didn't drink. Following our initial meeting he was asked to join a party at my apartment. After telling me that he drank on occasion, we served him the alcohol of his choice. Bentley tried to portray himself as a saint when, in fact, he is a typical college student.
Notre Dame kicker, 1989-92