When news broke yesterday that Notre Dame Fighting Irish quarterback Everett Golson was no longer enrolled in the university, there was panic among Notre Dame fans and shock rippling through the college football world. Now, with nearly 24 hours for the dust to settle, it looks like everything from last night was blown a little out of proportion.
Today, as the details began to pour out, it became more clear that Golson was out for this season because of academic issues, but it is not nearly as bad as it once seemed.
Golson vowed that he would return to the Notre Dame football team in the future and now we know that is a real possibility. Golson has just been suspended for the fall semester because of his academic issues, which rumors say involved plagiarism (this has in no way be confirmed), and there is a real chance that he could return to the team next season.
In the meantime, look for Tommy Rees to lead the Fighting Irish this season.
As for Golson, the quarterback who led Notre Dame to the national championship issued a statement this afternoon to explain the situation and issue an apology to all of those who he let down.
Here is Golson statement, in it’s entirety:
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.