So much for thinking I had an extended weekend to work on HLS.
Last night, WNDU confirmed circulating rumors that Everett Golson was no longer enrolled at Notre Dame. Due to privacy laws, the University is not allowed to state any specifics on the reason for this or how severally Golson will be punished.
However, at this time, we do know a little bit more than ND is allowed to release.
Keith Arnold at Inside the Irish was able to confirm another part of the Golson rumor: that the issues centered around some kind of academic violation. Even further, it appears Golson might now be the only one in hot water:
Hearing that even DaVaris Daniels is unsure of his own fate. That, plus Golson news reminds you no offseason is truly off in South Bend.
— Keith Arnold (@KeithArnold) May 26, 2013
So much for thinking the offseason craziness was behind us.
Thus far, I have yet to see a report confirming the extent of Everett’s punishment. What is clear is that there is no doubt that Golson will not be a part of the 2013 season. This leaves Tommy Rees, Andrew Hendrix, and early enrolle Malik Zaire in a wide-open competition for the now vacant job.
Gunner Kiel might also be a long shot to return as he definitely has that option. At this time though, Gunner has said he remains committed to Cincinnati.
There is some chance that Golson could return to ND if he so chooses. There is definitely precedent for such a return (Julius Jones, Darren Walls, and Kyle McAlarney for instance),
but there is no word at this time from either Golson or his family on those future plans (or even how severe this punishment is).
Edit: Of course, as soon as I published, this happened:
Everett Golson was suspended by Notre Dame due to “poor academic judgment,” the former starting quarterback said in a statement given to ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi.
“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,” Golson said. “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.”
“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,” he said. “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.”
For now, we can chalk this up as yet another chapter of “Ow My Balls” which is becoming all too common among ND fans.