Notre Dame Football: Everett Golson Receives Diploma; Transfer Announcement Soon


Golson graduates, transfer announcement could come today

Over the weekend, graduates of the University of Notre Dame received their diplomas in their chosen field. Among them were many former athletes, who may go on to play pro sports, or find another direction in life to choose. And then there’s

Everett Golson

, who now, with diploma in hand, will soon be announcing the next school he will be quarterback for.

In a school known for some of the famous quarterbacks it has produced, the talented Golson provided us with high expectations as he helped lead the Irish to the BCS title game in 2012 as a freshman. Admittedly that team was built around its defense, including Heisman candidate Manti Te’o. But Golson showed flashes of brilliance that made us believe once he became more acclimated and learned the system, he could be one of the best.

But things didn’t go as planned. Golson was suspended from school for an academic issue and missed the entire 2013 season. Rumors swirled that he would likely transfer, but Golson took the route of “man up”, and came back to Notre Dame, even when that wasn’t the easy thing to do.

Last season, statistically, Golson was better than his freshman season although it never felt like it. The interceptions and fumbles came in bunches, and seemed to be as poorly timed as they could get. And even when he didn’t turn the ball over with a fumble, it was a drive killer. And this season, there was no Tommy Rees to turn to. Just Malik Zaire, who was far from the veteran leader of Rees. But that’s something he needs to pick up quick because Zaire will be the guy now.

The rumors have and will continue to swirl until me makes his announcement, possibly sometime today. Florida State seems to be the leader, with a few SEC schools in the running including Georgia and Alabama. Wherever he lands, it’s not likely we will see him “face-to-face”, unless by chance we meet his new team in a bowl game.

I was always a fan of Golson and his talent, but the relationship with he and Notre Dame was a stressed one. Potential, but never seemed to meet it. Moving on was the right thing to do, not just for Golson but the team as well. He returned to school and received his degree, you can’t ask for more than that.

And while he said he will be the “biggest fan from afar”, I won’t be able to say the same if he’s a Seminole or playing for the Crimson Tide.

Congratulations to Golson, and all the other graduates of the University of Notre Dame, Class of 2015.

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