Golson gone for 2013, but he hopes to return in 2014
Posted: 05/26/2013 at 3:01 am
By: Rachel Terlep
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In this file photograph Notre Dame starting quarterback Everett Golson (5) rolls out as he looks for a receiver during action against Purdue at Notre Dame Saturday, September 8, 2012. Notre Dame won on the final drive with a field goal at the end of regulation. ¬ (Photo By Jennifer Shephard)
Last year’s starting quarterback is no longer enrolled at the school due to what he called “poor academic judgement” in a statement released to ESPN and the Associated Press on Sunday, May 26.
News of Golson’s departure became public late Saturday night, when WNDU announced that Notre Dame had confirmed the quarterback was no longer with the school. Soon after, sources cropped up saying Golson’s sudden unenrollment was tied to an academic violation.
“I have been informed by the University of Notre Dame that due to my poor academic judgment that I have been suspended from the University for the 2013 Fall Term,” Golson said in the statement. “I take full responsibility for my poor choices and will do all that is asked of me to regain the trust of my family, friends, teammates, coaches and the entire Notre Dame community.
“I chose to attend Notre Dame because of its mission to develop me both on and off the football field.”
Golson led Notre Dame to the BCS national championship game in January and a 12-1 record overall as a redshirt freshman. He planned to return as the starting quarterback for 2013 after a highly praised month of spring practices.
“My parents and the community I grew up in have instilled values in me that have and will continue to allow me to be successful in the future,” Golson’s statement continued. “There have been many lessons learned as I worked to become the starting quarterback at Notre Dame and each was a result of Coach Kelly’s belief in me as an athlete and a person.
“At this point, I understand how my integrity could be in question but I want to reassure my supporters that through this experience I will return a better student athlete as well as a better individual.
“Lastly, I want to thank the University of Notre Dame for the opportunity already granted and also the opportunity going forth to regain my eligibility in the winter of 2014.”
Golson’s unenrollment comes on the tail of fellow quarterback Gunner Kiel’s departure in March. Kiel is now at Cincinnati, which leaves the door open for senior Tommy Rees, fourth-year junior Andrew Hendrix and early enrollee Malik Zaire to compete for time under center.
Rees has started 18 games for Notre Dame but was benched after a run-in with South Bend police last May.