Golson avoided going into detail about the circumstances leading up to his suspension, but when Staples flat-out asked if Golson had cheated, the would-be junior admitted fault.
"That's what it was," Golson said. "I'm just going to leave it at poor judgment ...Test situation, yeah."
"Did you cheat on a test?" Staples asked Golson.
"Yeeeeah, it was something like that," Golson replied.
Golson forewent a stint at a junior college and elected instead to train with quarterback guru George Whitfield in Chicago. Golson said he wants to return to Notre Dame "a more polished individual. That goes for on and off the field."
"My heart was set on going back to Notre Dame," Golson told SI. "Not necessarily prove to anybody, just really doing it for me. That's something that I started. I didn't want to run away from it."
For a video of Golson's interview with Staples, click here. The full version of the story will be published in the Wednesday, Oct. 30, issue of Sports Illustrated.