Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson, who was key in guiding the team to the BCS National Championship game this past season, is no longer enrolled at the university.
UPDATE: Sunday, May 26, at 4:17 p.m. ET by Tom Kinslow
Everett Golson has spoken out about his departure from Notre Dame, telling ESPN's Tom Rinaldi that he has been suspended for the fall term based on his academic performance. He also told Rinaldi that he intends to return to school.
Everett Golson tells ESPN's Tom Rinaldi he's been suspended by Notre Dame for 2013 Fall Term for academic performance, intends to return.— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 26, 2013
Golson also released a statement, per 247sports.com.
"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. "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."
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#NotreDame spokesman Dennis Brown confirms Irish No. 1 quarterback Everett Golon is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame.— Eric Hansen (@hansenNDInsider) May 26, 2013
NewsCenter 16’s Kevin Lewis and Angelo DiCarlo also confirmed that it was true, citing a phone interview with the same university spokesman. Due to federal and school privacy laws, Brown was unable to comment further on the matter.
Tommy Rees figures to fill in as the starter since he's a senior with prior experience, but he doesn't bring the dynamic athleticism to the gridiron that Golson showcased. Suddenly, the Irish are without a surefire signal-caller ahead of the 2013 season.
Brian Hamilton of the Chicago Tribune addressed the prospect of Golson re-enrolling but indicated that he is likely out for the impending season:
#NotreDame officials cannot comment as to when Everett Golson is eligible for renrollment. The belief, though, is he's out for 2013 season.— Brian Hamilton (@ChiTribHamilton) May 26, 2013
Hamilton went on to state that a return to Notre Dame is not impossible for Golson:
Been told door not closed on Everett Golson possible return to #NotreDame. Consider Darrin Walls, Gary Gray situations as models.— Brian Hamilton (@ChiTribHamilton) May 26, 2013
ESPN.com's Matt Fortuna logged a quote from Golson's father, Wayne, who is uncertain about his son's whereabouts and the circumstances surrounding his situation:
#NotreDame QB Everett Golson's father, Wayne, to me: "Everett's not here yet. I can't tell you nothing right now. I don't know anything."— Matt Fortuna (@Matt_Fortuna) May 26, 2013
Hamilton then provided more specifics regarding what he's hearing from sources, who say that Golson's academics are to blame for his departure:
To be (a little) more specific on Everett Golson: An academic violation behind the QB no longer being enrolled at #NotreDame, per sources.— Brian Hamilton (@ChiTribHamilton) May 26, 2013
As a redshirt freshman, Golson improved throughout the year despite being pulled in certain situations for more experienced backup, Rees. Golson threw for 2,405 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2012 while running for 298 yards and six additional scores.
The most significant progress Golson made, though, came when the Irish needed him most to keep their national title hopes alive. ESPN Stats & Info highlights how good Golson was becoming:
Everett Golson averaged 174.2 total yards in his 1st 6 games in 2012, but 278.2 (with 10 run/pass TD) in his last 5 games— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 26, 2013
Who will start at QB for Notre Dame in 2013?
Now, it’s down to Rees, Andrew Hendrix and Malik Zaire on the Notre Dame quarterback depth chart, with Gunner Kiel having transferred to Cincinnati last month.
Even with Golson, it was going to be incredibly difficult to emulate last season’s success, which resulted in an undefeated record before a national title game loss to the Alabama Crimson Tide.
Without the Myrtle Beach star running the offense, it’s going to be that much harder for head coach Brian Kelly and the Irish to build off their recent momentum.