According to University spokesman Dennis Brown, Everett Golson is no longer at Notre Dame. Golson was expected to lead the Fighting Irish Offense this season. His departure sends the Irish reeling.
In his Redshirt Freshman Season, Golson completed 187-of-318 passes for 2,405 yards, 12 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.
According to sources, Golson committed an acadmic violation that lead to his dismissal. Rumors have swirled that this may not be limited to the Golson. Wide Receiver DaVaris Daniels may also have committed a violation that could lead to his removal from school.
It is not clear if this is a temporary or permanent punishment. Obviously, Notre Dame takes their academic integrity very seriously. In 2002, Former Notre Dame Running Back Julius Jones was dismissed for academic reasons. Jones worked on his academics for one year at Arizona State before re-enrolling at Notre Dame in 2003 for his Senior Season. Could we see a similar situation?
Senior Tommy Rees likely jumps into the Starting Role. Rees has started games in all three years at Notre Dame so the Irish are lucky that they have a Quarterback with such experience. Hendrix and Zaire will back up the Senior. One of these will likely play in some capacity as a running threat in Kelly’s offense.
Many have speculated about whether Kiel would return to Notre Dame after deciding to transfer to Cincinnati. Although NCAA rules allow this, it is just not practical. Kiel did not only leave because of playing time. In addition, he could not win over a locker room that views him as uncommitted to the program.
Brian Kelly is no stranger to Off-Season blotter. In 2011, Michael Floyd was arrest for a DUI near campus. In 2012, high-profile Freshman Aaron Lynch transferred from the program. In May of the same year, Quarterback Tommy Rees and Linebacker Carlo Calabrese were arrested for an incident where they ran from the police. Prior to this news, Eddie Vanderdoes was rumored to be leaving the program.
There is no off-season.