Notre Dame readmits suspended QB Everett Golson
By LAMOND POPE Sun-Times Media December 13, 2013 10:28PM
Updated: January 15, 2014 6:20AM
SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Notre Dame has had a number of departures since the end of the regular season, including coordinators Bob Diaco and Chuck Martin and nose guard Louis Nix III.
The Irish received word Friday that an important cog was officially returning.
Quarterback Everett Golson was readmitted to the school, Paul Browne, the university’s vice president of public affairs and communication, announced in a statement.
‘‘I’m happy for him. I know he’ll do a good job moving forward,’’ quarterback Tommy Rees said after Notre Dame’s awards ceremony.
Golson served a suspension for the fall term for what he said was ‘‘poor academic judgment.’’ He later told SI.com that he ‘‘had poor judgment on a test.’’
Golson played a major role in helping the Irish reach the 2012 BCS national title game. He threw for 2,405 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions. Golson also had 298 rushing yards and six rushing touchdowns. He appeared in 12 games and started 11 in 2012. His 10 straight wins to begin his career is the second most in school history.
‘‘I’ve heard great things about him,’’ freshman running back Tarean Folston said. ‘‘I can’t wait to play with him.’’
Coach Brian Kelly announced Sunday that Golson wouldn’t practice in the lead-up to the Pinstripe Bowl.
The school confirmed his suspension on May 25. He released a statement through the school a day later, thanking Notre Dame ‘‘for the opportunity already granted and also the opportunity going forth to regain my eligibility in the winter of 2014.’’
Rees took over at quarterback. He has passed for 2,938 yards and 27 touchdowns. Notre Dame heads into the Pinstripe Bowl with an 8-4 record.
Defensive end Stephon Tuitt is still weighing his options in deciding whether to enter the NFL draft or return to Notre Dame for the 2014 season. Tuitt is a projected first-round draft pick.
‘‘Family will be a key role in my next decision,’’ he said.
◆ Wide receiver TJ Jones was named the Notre Dame Monogram Club Most Valuable Player. Tommy Rees and linebacker Prince Shembo were named the offensive and defensive players of the year, respectively.