Everett Golson to SI: 'I didn't want to run away' from Notre Dame

Everett Golson to SI: 'I didn't want to run away' from Notre Dame
October 29, 2013, 12:00 pm
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For the first time since his expulsion from Notre Dame, Everett Golson spoke at length about what he did, where he is and what his next step is.

Sports Illustrated's Andy Staples sat down with Golson for a story that will run in Wednesday's magazine, in which the exiled Irish quarterback admitted his "poor judgment" on a test (he cheated on it) led to his expulsion from Notre Dame.

"It hurt me tremendously," Golson said.

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Golson continues to work out in San Diego with quarterback guru George Whitfield, and sounds as if he feels he'll come back to Notre Dame a better -- and different -- quarterback.

"It's been ridiculously good for me," Golson said. "I kind of changed up my mechanics."

The plan has always been for Golson to come back to Notre Dame, and that hasn't changed. But Staples asked Golson why that's been his plan, instead of attending a junior college this fall and playing somewhere else in 2014 (like, for example, the route Cam Newton took, from Florida to Blinn College to Auburn).

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"My heart was set on going back to Notre Dame," Golson said. "Not necessarily to prove to anybody, but just doing it for me. That's something that I started, and I didn't want to run away from it and go to a JuCo or another school. I was going to face it."

Golson told Staples he feels he'll return to Notre Dame as a more polished person, both on and off the field. He said there's "unfinished business" in South Bend, seeing as his last game was the 42-14 loss to Alabama in the BCS Championship.

"It was good being there, but I felt completely embarrassed," Golson said of the BCS Championship. "And I don't know, that doesn't ride too well with me. But then I also began looking at, who you have coming back, you're going to have to step this thing up next year.

"And then everything happens."