In rather shocking news, reports out of South Bend late Saturday night claim Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson is no longer enrolled at the university. Those reports were confirmed by Notre Dame spokesman Dennis Brown, according to a tweet by ND insider, Eric Hansen.
#NotreDame spokesman Dennis Brown confirms Irish No. 1 quarterback Everett Golon is no longer enrolled at Notre Dame.
— Eric Hansen (@hansenNDInsider) May 26, 2013
The news comes as a shock to Notre Dame fans. Golson led the Irish to a national championship appearance as a redshirt freshman in 2012, and while his play left quite a bit to be desired, he certainly grew into Brian Kelly’s offense and he figured to be a major piece of its future.
No reason was given for the departure of Everett Golson, as Notre Dame cited privacy laws in regards to the decision. However, moving forward there will certainly be plenty of interest in the nature of his departure.
For now, speculation is futile, as details are bound to come out in the coming days and weeks. Moving forward, Notre Dame and Everett Golson parting ways breaths new life into backup quarterback Tommy Rees.
Rees played a critical role off the bench for Brian Kelly in 2012 and has thrown for 4,400+ yards and 34 touchdowns as the signal caller at Notre Dame. Now, he’ll enter camp as the likely starter, although Kelly will certainly have to adjust his system to Tommy Rees again.
Ultimately, losing Everett Golson throws an interesting wrinkle into the Brian Kelly plan, but it isn’t necessarily damning for the Fighting Irish. Rees is serviceable, but Golson’s departure coupled with the transfer of Gunner Kiel earlier this spring leaves the Notre Dame Fighting Irish without a long-term answer at quarterback.
ND fans alarmed over Everett Golson leaving: Brian Kelly won like ten games at Cincy with a ficus plant on a skateboard at QB.
— edsbs (@edsbs) May 26, 2013
As Spencer Hall of EDSBS.com joked, Brian Kelly has had success with just about every kind of quarterback that you can imagine. And, while the loss of Golson may knock the Irish down a few pegs in the preseason rankings, this still looks like a Top 15 team to start the season.
Losing Everett Golson is a shock to the system for Notre Dame fans, and depending upon the circumstances it could be of consequence to the program. But, on the football field, things should move along without too much of a hitch.
Update 10:49 PM: The Chicago Tribune’s Notre Dame beat writer Brian Hamilton is reporting that Golson was excused for an academic violation.
To be (a little) more specific on Everett Golson: An academic violation behind the QB no longer being enrolled at #NotreDame, per sources.
— Brian Hamilton (@ChiTribHamilton) May 26, 2013
Update 11:15 PM: Bylaw Blog’s John Infante, who specializes in NCAA bylaws, has found some interesting language in the NCAA’s transfer rules that leave the possibility open for Gunner Kiel to transfer back to Notre Dame from Cincinnati without penalty. Kiel left because he was behind Golson on the depth chart, and the opportunity to start at Notre Dame could be an intriguing one. Whether or not Kiel would transfer back OR Kelly would accept his return is another issue entirely, but it is a possibility.
Update 5/26 3:22 PM: In a statement to ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi, Everett Golson says he was suspended for the fall semester for what was deemed “poor academic judgment.” Golson will not be eligible to be on scholarship anywhere during the upcoming fall semester, but he will be given the opportunity to regain his eligibility at Notre Dame beginning in the winter semester. Also, Gunner Kiel reportedly won’t consider going back to Notre Dame, claiming he was committed to Tommy Tuberville and the Cincinnati Bearcats.
Stay tuned to SaturdayBlitz.com for more updates on Everett Golson as they become available.