Suspended Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson will not practice in the lead up to the Pinstripe Bowl if he's admitted back into school, Irish coach Brian Kelly said on Sunday.
If re-admitted to school, Golson is not eligible to participate in practices until after fall exams are over on December 20th. So his first day of practice couldn't come until December 21st. The Irish are not scheduled to practice on the 22nd and will depart for New York on the 23rd, making it impractical for Golson to practice during the bowl season as originally hoped had the Irish played in a game later.
Notre Dame will face Rutgers in the Pinstripe Bowl on December 28th at Yankee Stadium in Bronx, NY.
It's unclear whether Golson will be allowed to join the team at all in New York as part of the bowl experience. Kelly is still determining that with compliance once Golson is re-admitted to the university.
The 2012 Irish starting quarterback, Golson was suspended from school for the entire fall semester for cheating on a test. Kelly feels Golson has handled himself well since being thrown out of school in May.
"His comments were right on, in my estimation," Kelly said Sunday. "I think he took full responsibility for his actions, didn't back away from them. I think his follow-up, which I had no idea he was going to be doing an interview with Sports Illustrated, I thought his comments were forthright. Quite frankly, I thought maybe a little bit too revealing. He talked about some things that I probably wouldn't have talked about. But I think he took it straight on and never backed away from coming back to Notre Dame, wanting to be back here. I think he's been a stand-up guy in this whole process."
"I think we're going to get a better person and someone that's even more committed. He's going to be so much more committed to being a better student, more committed to everything that he does.
I think that's going to be a better quarterback at Notre Dame. I can't see a scenario for him not being better at the quarterback position because of that."