Everett Golson's return draws near for Notre Dame

Everett Golson's return draws near for Notre Dame
December 8, 2013, 6:30 pm
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson's ostracism may be over soon, but one thing's already set in stone.

Golson will not be able to participate in any of Notre Dame's practices leading up to the team's Dec. 28 date with Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl, coach Brian Kelly said Sunday.

"He won't get here — he's going up to New York to see his girlfriend," Kelly said. "We're just not going to have the time and place to get him in to practice. He may join us in New York for a few days, but we're not going to have a chance to get him in here to practice, assuming he's re-admitted into school."

It's long been assumed Golson will be re-admitted into the school sometime in the middle of December. ESPN.com reported last week that date is Dec. 13, which fits with the timeline given by Kelly and the school earlier this year. Kelly said he will fly to Golson's hometown of Myrtle Beach, S.C., to meet with the quarterback on Monday.

Kelly couldn't commit to Golson being able to join Notre Dame while the team is in New York, though he said once Notre Dame's semester ends Dec. 20 that Golson would be free to participate in any team activities. Kelly intimated Golson will travel to New York by himself — his trip to see his girlfriend was planned before the Pinstripe Bowl bid was announced — and not with the team, which departs South Bend on Dec. 23.

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Over the course of Golson's exile from Notre Dame, which started in late May, Kelly said he's been impressed with the quarterback's maturity and expects him to come back to South Bend a better person.

"I thought he initially handled it very well," Kelly said. "His comments were right on, in my estimation. I think he took full responsibility for his actions, didn't back away from them.

"I think his follow‑up, which I had no idea he was going to be doing an interview with Sports Illustrated ... I thought his comments were forthright. Quite frankly, I thought maybe a little bit too revealing. He talked about some things that I probably wouldn't have talked about.

"But I think he took it straight on and never backed away from coming back to Notre Dame, wanting to be back here. I think he's been a stand‑up guy in this whole process."