Notre Dame’s star quarterback removed for academic reasons
Everett Golson will have to sit out 2013 college football season. Notre Dame announced on Saturday that the quarterback is no longer enrolled at the school.
Though Notre Dame cannot release the reason for Golson’s departure, sources confirm that it is academics related. The loss will force big changes in Notre Dame’s playing tactics.
First, head coach Brian Kelly needs to choose Golson’s replacement. The gig would have gone to Gunner Kiel, if he hadn’t transferred to Cincinnati in April.
It’s unlikely that Kelly will choose any single person to replace Golson. In order to keep the expanded playbook that has made Notre Dame so successful, he’ll need to utilize the talents of all three quarterbacks at his disposal: veterans Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix and incoming Malik Zaire.
Will Notre Dame be able to pull off another season like last year’s without Everett Golson? Probably not, but the team still maintains the skills that backed up Golson’s utility skill set.
Golson hopes to be able to return to the Fighting Irish in 2014. But he recognizes that he’ll have a lot to prove if he wants another shot.
“At this point, I understand how my integrity could be in question but I want to reassure my supporters that through this experience I will return a better student athlete as well as a better individual,” said Golson. “Lastly, I want to thank the University of Notre Dame for the opportunity already granted and also the opportunity going forth to regain my eligibility in the winter of 2014.”
Golson will be eligible for another two years if he returns to Notre Dame in 2014.