A university spokesman confirmed Saturday night what was initially reported by WNDU's Angelo Di Carlo: that Everett Golson, the quarterback of Notre Dame's best season in nearly two decades, is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame.
The reasons behind Golson's stunning departure were not given by the school, citing privacy laws. A source contacted Saturday night was unaware of the impetus behind the split between Golson and Notre Dame.
Blue and Gold Illustrated's Dan Murphy is reporting the reason why Golson is no longer enrolled at the school had to do with an honor code violation. A number of Notre Dame players took to Twitter after the news broke, and most seemed stunned or unhappy by what transpired:
"THIS IS SOME BS," tweeted defensive end Stephon Tuitt.
"Ashton Kutcher come out!" tweeted cornerback Jalen Brown, referencing the TV show "Punk'd."
For all intents and purposes, Notre Dame's quarterback situation in 2013 will go right back to where it was in 2011, when Tommy Rees and Andrew Hendrix combined to lead the Irish to an 8-5 season. Gunner Kiel, a five-star quarterback who committed to Notre Dame in 2012, transferred from the school prior to spring practice.
Barring a major push by true freshman Malik Zaire, Notre Dame will open the 2013 season with Rees as its quarterback. The senior, who started four games in 2010, 12 in 2011 and two in 2012, has thrown for 4,413 yards with 34 touchdowns and 24 interceptions in his career at Notre Dame.
Hendrix could merit a look in fall camp, too, although he barely saw the field in 2012.
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