When news that Irish quarterback Everett Golson will not be returning to Notre Dame broke Saturday evening, the reaction from fans and fellow teammates on social media was quick to follow.
Thousands of people have tweeted about Golson’s departure since NewsCenter 16 first reported the breaking news, including past and present Irish players TJ Jones, Robby Toma and Kapron Lewis Moore.
The first sound of support came from Notre Dame wide receiver TJ Jones, a senior expected to be one of the leaders on this year’s squad and a second generation Irish football player:
“Once you’re in the family there is no getting out. Always going to have love no matter what #brotherhood,” tweeted Jones.
Former team captain, Kapron Lewis Moore tweeted:
“Honestly this is where we need the senior leadership to step up. Not just for young guys, for the program. #Riseup.”
Recent Notre Dame graduate and former wide receiver, Robby Toma posted:
“Don’t know what is going on…but people need to chill out. People make mistakes. Everything will work out for Ev and ND!! #fairweatherfans.”
As players respond online, fans in South Bend are still trying to wrap their heads around this news. After the team’s trip to the championship game last season, Irish loyalists were expecting to see Golson back on the field to make another run at the B.C.S.
Notre Dame Football fan, Anton Kemps said, “We were very surprised especially when there was no reason attached to it, said there’s federal law attached to it. It really boggles the fans that we spent a year training this guy making him freshman quarterback, then all of a sudden we don't have him for next years of his career.”
Similar shock and confusion was echoed by Irish fan, Carter Snead, who told NewsCenter 16 “we were shocked and disappointed. We just couldn’t believe, first Gunner Kiel leaves, now Golson is gone.”
Despite the news that Golson’s departure was the result of “poor academic judgment,” fans are remaining positive about the future of the team.
“Golson is a heck of an athlete. He was an integral part of the offense, integral part of the undefeated season,” said Notre Dame supporter Alex Bowman, “We have some depth in quarterback position, we'll be able to bring a new guy in and do better down the road.”