Last week, as news broke of Everett Golson’s departure from South Bend, we focused on the why. Today, as Monday turns to Tuesday and we wait for summer and our pastures to change, focus is turning to the where. So tell us, Dr. Kübler-Ross, where will he land?
Smart money is, for now, on Florida State. In an irony as great as any ever, Golson, a graduate of the University of Notre Dame, may not be able to transfer to an SEC school because of that conference’s rule prohibiting the transfer of a player who has been the subject of of official university or athletics discipline at his prior school. Seriously. In the SEC, this is a rule and it would prevent a graduate of the University of Notre Dame from playing for a team from which forty percent of its players cannot graduate in six years.
The SEC’s rule could eliminate South Carolina and Georgia, both schools in need of a competent QB and both within close geographic proximity to Golson’s native Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. If that’s an issue, it must then be noted that Florida State is a mere five hundred and eighteen miles away , two hundred miles further than Georgia, in Athens, but without that pesky graduate transfer rule. The rule, and sheer distance, would seem to rule out Louisiana State in Baton Rouge, a whopping eight hundred and eighty miles. Although the gumbo at The Chimes is worth the drive.
The ‘Noles lost Jameis Winston, who also wore the number five, to the NFL, thereby freeing up a roster spot, and likely several defense lawyers’ retainers. As it stands, FSU has five quarterbacks in the stable: Sean Maguire, John Franklin, III, De’Andre Johnson, J.J. Cosentino, Troy Cook, and Lucas Clark. Add in Deondre Francois, a Rivals four-star recruit, arriving this summer, and the place seems a little crowded. Sean Maguire is the heir apparent, having actually played. John Franklin, III, is a “dual threat” and can also play wide receiver. De’Andre Johnson is a true freshman in a program that has more red shirts than La Tomatina and comes off a strong spring showing. J.J. Cosentino is a red-shirt freshman described as “pro-style.” Troy Cook is a red-shirt sophomore who looks remarkably like Tommy Rees. Lucas Clark is a walk on.
None of them are as a good as Everett Golson. In a program whose GSR is a dismal 65 and whose Federal Graduation Rate is a 53, shoving Franklin, Cosentino or Cook out the door wouldn’t cause anyone any qualms in Tallahassee. With a solid backup in Maguire, dual-threat Everett Golson would actually be a safe bet, given his familiarity with the ‘Noles program and ACC officiating.
FSU’s business school, an attractive academic home for a transferring graduate athlete with its accelerated, one year MBA program, is ranked 85th by Bloomberg. Compare this to Notre Dame’s Mendoza School, ranked 20th.
So, to my mind, Florida State is the likeliest landing spot for our Everett. Whether it’s the best place for him remains to be seen, but there is no denying that its proximity to home, the beach, and a pretty talented O-line and receiving corps make Tallahassee worth a bet.