The process of Everett Golson’s reinstatement to the University of Notre Dame appears to be headed down the home stretch with head coach Brian Kelly announcing that Golson has officially reapplied for admission to Notre Dame and that decisions with regards to admissions are generally made in mid December at his weekly press conference on Tuesday.
Nothing is official as of yet, but all signs continue to point to Golson’s imminent return to Notre Dame baring any unforeseen setbacks between now and mid December. “I don’t think that I can make that decision, nor can I comment on that. I think that application process has been submitted, is what I know of, and that decisions relative to admissions happen sometime in the middle of December,” Kelly told the media on Tuesday.
Ever since shortly after news broke that Everett Golson would not be enrolled at Notre Dame for the fall semester for “poor academic judgement”, it has been reported that Golson intended to sit out the season and then come back to Notre Dame when he was eligible again for the spring semester. It appears that we are now close to that officially happening.
If Golson is readmitted to the University in mid December, there is a chance that Golson will be able to join the team for bowl practices depending on when he is admitted and when and where the Irish end up bowling this post-season.
In July, Golson told his hometown media that he still intended on returning to Notre Dame despite being contacted by some programs about transferring. Just last month, Golson sat down with Sports Illustrated for his first in-depth interview on his dismissal from Notre Dame and for the first time essentially admitted that the offense that caused the dismissal was related to cheating on a test.
What if any benefit Golson can give the Irish in bowl preparations assuming he can join the team in time for them would be minimal at best given all of the time he has missed. Getting Golson back for the 20145 season, however, will be a huge benefit for the Notre Dame offense. While Golson will need to win back the starting job he lost when he was kicked out of school this semester, it is widely believed that he will be able to do just that after working with renowned quarterback guru George Whitfield.
Golson will have plenty of work on the field, in the classroom, and in the lockerroom before he is ready to be handed the reigns of the Notre Dame offense again. On top of needing to get back into the swing of practicing after missing an entire season on the field and obviously getting his academics in order given the nature of his offense, Golson will need to win back over a lockerroom he was reportedly starting to take command of last spring before being dismissed from the team and University.
For now, just getting Golson back on campus will be a win for the Irish and for a young man who has admitted his mistakes and decided on working hard to get back to where he wants to be instead of taking an easier road and transferring to another school this fall where he could have practiced all season long and likely stepped into a starting role next season.