Notre Dame QB Everett Golson admits to using ‘poor academic judgment’
BY LAMOND POPE Sun-Times Media May 26, 2013 7:40PM
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Updated: May 26, 2013 10:35PM
Everett Golson said he has been suspended and won’t play for Notre Dame in 2013 because of “poor academic judgment,” but the quarterback plans to return to the university.
“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 in a statement issued by the university Sunday. “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.”
Notre Dame confirmed late Saturday that Golson no longer was enrolled at the university.
“My parents and the community I grew up in have instilled values in me that have and will continue to allow me to be successful in the future,” Golson said. “There have been many lessons learned as I worked to become the starting quarterback at Notre Dame, and each was a result of coach [Brian] Kelly’s belief in me as an athlete and a person.
“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.”
Golson thanked Notre Dame “for the opportunity already granted and also the opportunity going forth to regain my eligibility in the winter of 2014.”
Golson’s absence will be a huge hit to the offense. He passed for 2,405 yards and 12 touchdowns while helping Notre Dame reach the BCS national championship game in his first year as a starter. He also rushed for 298 yards and six touchdowns.
Golson appeared in 12 games and started 11 in 2012. His 10 consecutive victories to begin his career are the second-most in school history.
Speculation quickly surfaced whether Gunner Kiel would be interested in returning to the school he just left. Kiel squashed any rumors Sunday.
“I’m a Bearcat,” Kiel wrote in a text to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Kiel transferred from Notre Dame to Cincinnati in April. The former five-star recruit didn’t see any action for the Irish as a freshman in 2012.
“He’s really enjoying it here,” Cincinnati coach Tommy Tuberville told the Enquirer. “Gunner is enrolled with us, and we’re excited about having him.”
Tommy Rees is the most experienced quarterback on Notre Dame’s roster. He has appeared in 33 games with 18 starts for the Irish. Andrew Hendrix and Malik Zaire are among the other scholarship quarterbacks available.
Rees has thrown for 4,413 yards and 34 touchdowns. He started 12 games in 2011 and threw for 2,871 yards and 20 touchdowns. Rees appeared in 11 games and made two starts last season, when he passed for 436 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions.
Rees discussed his role on the team in April.
“I understand how things work,” Rees said on the eve of Notre Dame’s spring game, “but I’m still going to go out there and compete, and if there is a time where I’m needed, just be prepared.”
It appears that time has arrived sooner than Rees, or anyone else, had anticipated.