Over the past 40 years, the Golic name has become synonymous with Notre Dame football. That era is now coming to an end as Cincinnati.com reports that Mike Golic’s son Jake will transfer for 2013 (h/t CFB Talk).
Jake was never able to crack the starting lineup at tight end for the Irish, playing behind Tyler Eifert and Kyle Rudolph. He is immediately eligible at Cincinnati and should have a shot at relevance.
He will look to help the Bearcats fill the void left at tight end by third-round draft pick Travis Kelce. His competition for the starting job will be Blake Annen, who only has three career receptions for 35 yards.
Mike Golic is a well-known alumnus thanks to his ESPN radio show “Mike and Mike” and his eight seasons in the NFL. Mike’s brother Bob was also a Notre Dame defensive tackle and former pro, and his eldest son Mike Jr. just departed the Irish program.
Mike Jr. recently signed with the Pittsburgh Steelers after five years at Notre Dame.
The Golic Notre Dame legacy is as legendary as any in college football, but it has now come to a screeching halt with the news of the transfer.
Golic marks the second former Irish player to transfer to Cincinnati this offseason. Quarterback Gunner Kiel announced his departure for the Bearcats in May.
The two former Irish players will not hit the field together as Kiel must sit out due to transfer rules, but having them both land in Cincinnati is a unique storyline in its own right.
While Golic may have been unable to make a mark on the Irish program, he has a new start and an open door with the Bearcats.