Everett Golson Is Out at Notre Dame



Everett Golson was projected to be the starting quarterback again in 2013.

SOUTH BEND, IN- Late last night, word came out that quarterback Everett Golson is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame. This comes as a shock as the Fighting Irish football program was heavily invested in the young gunslinger.

Golson announced on his own Twitter page last night, that he was no longer enrolled at the university. ESPN Chicago quotes Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown as sayingEverett is no longer enrolled at the university. Federal law and our own policies preclude us from discussing specifics.

The Chicago Tribune sites “two sources” {I’m assuming confidential sources} as saying that the South Carolina native “committed an academic violation.”

Dan Murphy who writes for Blue and Gold Illustrated, a Notre Dame sports magazine wrote on his Twitter page that Golson failed to receive a grade for an accounting class which meant that he forfeited all other grades for the semester.

He tweeted soon afterwards that Golson was not dismissed from the team, and he can always re-enroll at the historic university. Golson started in Notre Dame’s spring game back in March and did quite well for himself.

Last year he passed for 2,405 yards and 12 touchdowns. He also ran for 300 yards and six touchdowns. He is only the third quarterback in school history to pass for 2,000 yards and rush for 300 yards in the same season.

The other Irish quarterbacks to accomplish this feat were Joe Theismann in 1970, and Jarious Jackson in 1999. Golson was also the first redshirt freshman quarterback to start the BCS National Championship Game.

Even though Brian Kelly’s offense struggled at times, Golson was one of the few bright spots in 2012. Golson took over as the starter last year after 2011 starter Tommy Rees was benched for an offseason incident in the Spring of 2012.

It looks like Kelly will have to turn to Tommy Rees again unless Golson re-enrolls at Notre Dame. As for who will backup Rees, that’s another story.

Last month, former five-star recruit Gunner Kiel transferred to Cincinnati. The freshman was expected to eventually become the starter in South Bend.

So unless Golson returns, the only quarterbacks left on the roster behind Rees are Senior Andrew Hendrix, Junior Charlie Fiessinger, and highly touted Freshman Malik Zaire.

Out of all of these young men, Rees the only one with starting experience, 18 games to be exact. The other three quarterbacks have yet to take a snap in a game.

While Tommy Rees may have a stronger arm then Everett Golson, No. 5’s athletic ability and speed are unmatched. So for the moment, let’s assume that Golson will not be returning to the team.

This means that Rees will get one final shot at Notre Dame glory. Hopefully Rees can stay out of trouble, stay focused on football, and become the leader that Brian Kelly will need him to be.

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