Golson intends to return to Notre Dame

Golson intends to return to Notre Dame

May 26, 2013, 3:15 pm
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Everett Golson won't play for Notre Dame in 2013, but the quarterback said in a statement he intends to return to the school and football team.

"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 initially released to ESPN.com and the Associated Press. "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."

So the door is hardly shut for Golson after news broke late Saturday night he was no longer enrolled at Notre Dame. For the immediate future, it means Tommy Rees will take over at Notre Dame's quarterback this season, and Golson won't be guaranteed his starting job back if he is reinstated in 2014.

"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," Golson's statement continued. "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."

A university spokesman confirmed to CSNChicago.com Saturday night that Golson was no longer enrolled at Notre Dame, a stunning revelation for a team looking to improve off its undefeated regular season and BCS Championship berth in 2012. But previous players -- Gary Gray and Darrin Walls -- were suspended for a semester due to academic violations and returned to the Irish, so there does exist precedent for Golson to return to the Irish.

As a second-year freshman and first-time starter, Golson guided Notre Dame to a 12-0 regular season and appearance in the BCS Championship. He completed 187 of 318 passes for 2,405 yards with 12 touchdowns and six interceptions, at times flashing the potential that led coach Brian Kelly and offensive coordinator Chuck Martin to tab him as the team's No. 1 quarterback even through some growing pains.

Looking ahead, it'll be interesting to see what Notre Dame does in 2014, which would be the second-to-last season of Golson's eligibility. The Irish have Malik Zaire, a four-star early-enrolling commit to its class of 2013, waiting in the wings -- and perhaps he'd get a shot in his sophomore season to challenge Golson for the No. 1 job. Golson's development will likely be stunted by his fall semester suspension, and with plenty to work on already he'll be behind the curve if he is reinstated next winter.

Still, with two years of Golson on the table, Notre Dame may have a tough time eschewing his ceiling for the inexperienced Zaire.

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Below is Golson's complete statement:

Dear Notre Dame Community,

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.

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.

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.  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.

Thanks,
Everett Golson