Suspended Irish QB Everett Golson admits cheating on test
BY LAMOND POPE Sun-Times Media October 29, 2013 8:10PM
FILE - In this April 20, 2013, file photo, Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson walks off the fieldduring the Blue-Gold spring scrimmage NCAA college football in South Bend, Ind. Golson says he was suspended from the university for the fall semester for using "poor judgment on a test." He had previously said he was suspended for using poor academic judgment, but in an interview with Sports Illustrated he specified that it came during a test.(AP Photo/Joe Raymond, File)
Updated: October 29, 2013 10:18PM
Quarterback Everett Golson provided a little more clarity while discussing his suspension from Notre Dame during an interview with Sports Illustrated.
‘‘Basically I had poor judgment on a test,’’ Golson said in a video interview posted Tuesday on SI.com. ‘‘It wasn’t due to poor grades or anything like that.’’
Reporter Andy Staples asked Golson if he cheated on a test.
‘‘Yeah, something like that,’’ Golson said. ‘‘That’s what it was. I’m going to leave it at poor judgment. . . . It was a test situation.’’
Golson was suspended for the fall term in late May. He said his heart is set on going back to Notre Dame.
‘‘Not necessarily to prove to anybody, just really doing it for me,’’ he said. ‘‘I felt like that’s something that I started. I didn’t want to run away from it and go to a juco or another school. I was going to face it.’’
Golson threw for 2,405 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions while helping the Irish reach the BCS national title game in 2012. He also had 298 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns.
He said he worked out with EFT Sports Performance near Chicago before heading west to receive training from quarterback guru George Whitfield.
‘‘It’s been ridiculously good for me,’’ Golson said of his time with Whitfield. ‘‘I’ve changed up a little bit of my mechanics.’’
Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly gave an update on Golson’s status near the end of his weekly news conference Oct. 22.
‘‘He’s in a disciplined environment, one I’m very comfortable with,’’ Kelly said. ‘‘He’s in contact weekly, either with myself or with [offensive coordinator/quarterbacks] coach [Chuck] Martin. He’s in contact with our graduate assistant coach [Pat] Welsh, two or three times a week. Just catching up on what we’re doing, game plans, staying connected. He’s staying connected weekly from that standpoint.’’
Golson said he will return a ‘‘more polished individual.’’
‘‘That goes for on and off the field,’’ Golson said.
NOTE: Kelly said outside linebacker Ishaq Williams is out for Saturday’s game against Navy because of a knee injury. Nose guard Louis Nix III (knee) remains questionable, and offensive lineman Chris Watt (knee) and defensive lineman Sheldon Day (ankle) are probable. Safety Elijah Shumate (hamstring) will practice, with his role to be determined later this week.