Notre Dame will be without quarterback Everett Golson for the 2013 football season, but he could return in 2014.
In a statement released by Notre Dame Sunday to WNDU, Golson confirmed he has been suspended from Notre Dame due to “poor academic judgment.”
WNDU first broke the story Saturday night that Golson was no longer enrolled at the University but in a statement, the university said at the time they could not explain why due to privacy laws.
Now Golson is explaining why.
The Irish quarterback said, “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. 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."
While Golson will not be in attendance this fall, in the statement he thanked the university for giving him the opportunity to regain his eligibility in the winter of 2014:
“My parents and the community I grew up in have instilled values in me that have and will continue to allow me to be successful in the future. There have been many lessons learned as I worked to become the starting quarterback at Notre Dame and each was a result of Coach Kelly’s belief in me as an athlete and a person.”
Golson went on to say, "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,” said Golson.
As of Sunday morning, Notre Dame says it has no statement to pass along from Irish coach Brian Kelly at this time.
Golson burst onto the scene in 2012 as Notre Dame's starting quarterback, winning the first ten games he started before suffering his the only loss of his career in the BCS National Championship game in January.
it is certainly possible Golson could return to the University in the future. That has happened before when basketball player Kyle McAlarney was expelled from the university and later returned after sitting out a semester. It also happened with football players Gary Gray and Darrin Walls.
Before spring practice, it was announced that Gunner Kiel had decided to transfer from Notre Dame. Kiel is headed to Cincinnati.
Golson's departure leaves Notre Dame with three scholarship players on the roster--Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix and Malik Zaire.
The month of May has not been kind to Notre Dame quarterbacks. Rees was arrested last May for an alcohol related run-in with police at an off campus party that also resulted in the arrest of linebacker Carlo Calabrese.
Rees was suspended for the opening game of the 2012 season, opening up the opportunity for Golson to become the team's starting quarterback.
Now, with Golson on the outside looking in, Rees appears to be back in the driver's seat as the ND starting quarterback. Rees will be a senior in the fall. He ended both 2010 and 2011 as the starting quarterback and started two games in 2012.
The Golson news is yet another blow to the Irish in 2013. It started with a lopsided blowout loss to Alabama in the national title game. Then Irish coach Brian Kelly flirted with the Eagles. Then came Manti Te'o saga and now news that the team's starting quarterback is no longer enrolled at the university.