But ND never has called it redshirting and seems to be more strict in granting 5th years than most schools. So casual and ignorant fans, which unfortunately is a group that includes many sportswriters, might well be fooled.
Of course, there's utterly no evidence that ND rejected a "redshirt" for a player who the head coach really wanted to keep. The redshirt issue obviously is a red herring. But that makes it only worse for Kelly's people to be trotting out such garbage.