The long journey back to Notre Dame for dismissed quarterback Everett Golson is almost over with the former starting quarterback on the verge of being re-admitted to Notre Dame according to ESPN’s Matt Fortuna.
“I’ve been assured that based upon all of the information that has been provided that he’s going to be readmitted on Dec. 13, and that information has been provided to admissions. It’s just a matter of them sending out the admittance letter and then being back on campus sometime around the 15th of December.”
A couple weeks ago Brian Kelly told the media that Golson had officially reapplied for re-admission and all that stood in the way of Golson and his return to Notre Dame was the decision of the admissions department on his application. According to Tuesday’s report from ESPN, that application has been approved and Golson is set to be readmitted to Notre Dame officially on December 13 and back on campus a few days later.
Once Golson is officially back on campus, he will not be able to practice with the team until the fall semester is officially over (December 20) and he will not be eligible to play in whatever bowl game Notre Dame lands in. Golson will potentially, however, be able to get in a few practices, participate in team meetings, and get back into the weight room after missing all team activities since his dismissal following spring practice. The only caveat is that Golson will not be able to travel with the team for the bowl game or participate in any practices or activities at the bowl site so if the Irish end up playing in an early bowl game, he may not get a chance to practice at all with the team before they leave campus.
Golson will have some work to do once he gets back on the practice field in order to regain his starting job as well. Kelly and the offensive staff – which we found out on Tuesday will be a bit different in 2014 with Chuck Martin accepting the head coaching position at Miami of Ohio – will make Golson earn the starting job over Malik Zaire in spring practice even if he is considered the odds on favorite. That includes work both on and off the field where Golson will need to prove to the staff that he is committed to excelling in the classroom as well as the field.
Regardless of whether or not Golson gets any practice time in with the team before they depart for whatever bowl destination they are headed to, Tuesdays news is great news for Notre Dame and its prospects in 2014. Golson has a long way to go, but is now one step away from officially being make on with the Irish.