Everett Golson confirms he will miss 2013; Vows to return to Notre Dame

Everett Golson confirms he will miss 2013; Vows to return to Notre Dame

[dropcap]N[/dropcap]otre Dame starting quarterback Everett Golson has issued a statement that he has been suspended from school for the Fall 2013 term, which means he will not be an Irish football player this season.

golsonIn the statement, Golson confirms that “poor academic judgment” led to his suspension from school, and says he takes full responsibility for the “poor choices” that led to his suspension. He also vows to return to Notre Dame as a “better student athlete as well as a better individual.”

Based on the statement, it would appear Golson plans to re-enroll at Notre Dame for the spring term, which begins Jan. 14. There has been no statement from Brian Kelly or other Notre Dame officials confirming that, however.

Rumors began making rounds on Twitter and Irish fan sites late Saturday afternoon. The news was later confirmed by school spokesman Dennis Brown, but could not comment further due to federal and school privacy laws..

The Myrtle Beach, S.C. native burst onto the scene as a sophomore last season, leading the Notre Dame to an undefeated regular season and a trip to the BCS National Championship game.

Golson started 11 games, leading the Irish to 10 wins. He completed 187 of 318 pass attempts (58.8 percent) for 2,405 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions, and also rushed for 298 yards.

Earlier this spring, highly-recruited signal caller Gunner Kiel had decided to transfer from Notre Dame. This season, Notre Dame will have three scholarship quarterbacks on the roster — Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix and Malik Zaire.

Rees will likely be the answer — at least in the short term — even if that’s simply a job share with Hendrix or Zaire.

A senior from Lake Forest, Ill., Rees has started 18 games in three seasons with the Irish, including two games last season. He got the nod on Oct. 6 vs. Miami after Golson was suspended for a violation of team rules, but Golson returned in the first quarter and played the rest of the game.

Rees also started the Oct. 20 game against BYU as Golson missed the game due to concussion symptoms. Rees was solid, if unspectacular, finishing 7-of-16 for 117 yards with a touchdown and an interception in a 17-14 win.

Running backs Theo Riddick and Cierre Wood were the stars against the Cougars, rushing for 143 and 114 yards, respectively.

Below is Golson’s full statement:

Dear Notre Dame Community,

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.

I chose to attend Notre Dame because of its mission to develop me both on and off the football field.

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.

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.

Thanks,
Everett Golson

Photo credit: Joe Raymond / AP

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