On Friday, the University of Notre Dame confirmed what had already been unofficially set in stone. Quarterback Everett Golson has officially been re-admitted into the South Bend institution. After leading the Fighting Irish to the BCS National Championship Game during the 2012 season, Golson departed the university in the Spring of 2013 due to academic issues.
He was never dismissed from the team however so a return was always optional. Golson will start taking classes next semester, but he won't see the football field anytime soon. Over the last few weeks, Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly had held out hope that he could return in time to practice with the team in preparation for their upcoming bowl game.
Unfortunately, scheduling issues among other concerns won't allow that to happen. But Golson should have no problems making it to spring football in a few months. With Tommy Rees graduating after this season -and possibly moving onto the NFL- having stability at the quarterback position will be a welcome sight in 2014.
Golson may have to earn the starting job again, but he will definitely welcome the challenge. After all, it's not everyday that you get a second chance at one of the most prestigious schools in the country. Notre Dame will take on Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl at Yankee Stadium in New York on December 28th.
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