Further details on Everett Golson’s status with Notre Dame emerged on Sunday afternoon. According to a statement given to ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, Golson has been suspended from Notre Dame for the Fall 2013 term due to “poor academic judgment.”
“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. “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.”
In his statement, Golson fully accepts the consequences of his poor choices and seems sincere in his apology to both Notre Dame, his friends and family, and the Irish faithful.
“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.”
“Lastly, I want to thank the University of Notre Dame for the opportunity already granted and also the opportunity going forth to regain my eligibility in the winter of 2014.”
Notre Dame is giving Golson an opportunity to regain eligibility following the upcoming fall semester.
Golson led the Irish to an undefeated regular season in 2012-13 and a BCS Championship game berth against Alabama. He completed 187-of-318- passes for 2,405 yards, 12 touchdowns, and threw six interceptions. He also added 298 yards on the ground and six scores.
He would have been entering his redshirt sophomore year, and was expected to once again navigate the Irish to a BCS Bowl.
Now, head coach Brian Kelly must scramble to fill the void left by Golson. Highly-touted recruit Gunner Kiel transferred to Cincinnati recently and has already announced that he will stay committed to the Bearcats. This leaves Tommy Rees as Kelly’s likely option to take over.
According to ESPN, there has been a precedent set at Notre Dame for this same situation before. Former players Gary Gary and Darrin Walls were both suspended for academic reasons, but reapplied and returned to the team.
Golson will have two years of eligibility remaining once he returns.