July 7, 2013 // Notre Dame Football

Everett Golson Says He Will Return to Notre Dame

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Everett Golson Returning to Notre Dame

Everett Golson confirmed over the weekend that he intends on returning to Notre Dame in the spring after not being enrolled for the 2013 fall semester. (Photo: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

Everett Golson was back in his home town of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina over the holiday weekend and confirmed with local reporters that he will be returning to Notre Dame after being suspended from the University for the fall semester.

“I will be returning.  I look forward to returning in the spring.  That’s pretty much it,” Golson told WPDE (full video below) on Saturday from a local gym that Golson was at for a charity basketball game.

Ever since Brian Kelly first publicly spoke about Golson after it was learned that he would not be enrolled at Notre Dame this fall due to “poor academic judgement” it has been reported that the plan all along was for Golson to return to Notre Dame in the spring.   Golson’s comments on Saturday only add further confirmation.

What is key about Golson’s return is how the Irish coaching staff can approach quarterback recruiting for this year and next.  Assuming Golson returns, the Irish are in great shape at the quarterback position with Malik Zaire currently a freshman and DeShone Kizer committed as part of this year’s recruiting class.

This past week in Oregon at the Opening, Kizer participated in the Elite 11 competition and while the talented, but raw passer did not make the final 11, he did flash the potential that has the Notre Dame coaching staff as high on him as they are.

Had Golson decided against returning and went the transfer route, Notre Dame very likely would have had to look to add a second quarterback in this year’s class.  Without Golson in 2013 and without a second quarterback in this class, they would have been faced with the prospect of potentially having just two scholarship quarterbacks on the roster next fall – Zaire and Kizer – with Tommy Rees running out of eligibility and there not being any guarantee that Andrew Hendrix returns for a 5th season in 2014.

Golson would not get into the specifics of his “poor academic judgement” in the interview, but did say that he has been working out.  There have been some rumors that he would be working with renowned quarterback guru George Whitfield, but so far there has not been any confirmation of those reports.  A full year away from football would be detrimental to Golson’s development which would make working with a quarterback coach such as Whitfiled key in Golson returning in the spring ready to win back the starting quarterback role he has lost by not being enrolled this fall.

When Golson does return, assuming he handles all of his academic affairs and is able to return, the Notre Dame quarterback depth chart will include him, Zaire, and Kizer – all of whom will be on campus for next year’s spring camp with Kizer planning on enrolling early.  That will set up another quarterback derby for Notre Dame as Kelly is not likely to simply hand the reigns back over to Golson.  Rather, look for Kelly and staff to make Golson win the job back – a task that could be complicated if Zaire is forced into action this year and gains valuable experience.

Comments to this Article

  • fratzner commented on July 7th, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    that was just kind of awkward. He’s not going to go into specifics reporter guy.


    jeff replied on July 7th, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    Really Awkward especially the last question when he asked EG How did that feel when that happened? How in the Fuck do you think that felt Dick with Ears. It felt less than good mr. reporter. I feel bad for EG. Lots of people cheat in college. Hopefully he continues to work hard on the field and in the classroom and leads ND into the playoffs in 2014.


    duranko replied on July 8th, 2013 at 3:07 pm

    Golson is a nice kid, but somebody needs to give him a statement to read at the beginning of each interview
    indicating that he will not entertain any questions about the past. He should talk Notre Dame football, none of this Piers Morgan/Oprah garbage. Time to move on.


  • poppyitis commented on July 7th, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    I certainly hope this young man is a person of his word. To re-enroll and get a degree is a most positive way to go. I hope to see him in January. We all learn FROM OUR MISTAKES.


    Michael the Archangel replied on July 7th, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    What sounds promising is EG feeling confident he will return. That’s a signal he was told he could return. I suspect if ND lets him back in, he’ll be back.

    Whatever or how often he did what he did, we can indeed learn FROM OUR MISTAKES, as long as we’re given another chance to.


  • Jack W commented on July 7th, 2013 at 5:58 pm

    We will miss him dearly this fall. If only ND would allow basket weaving to be a major maybe we would still have EG. Oh we’ll we are not Alabama


    Ron Burgundy replied on July 7th, 2013 at 9:15 pm

    Oh, I get it! You are implying Bama offers basket weaving. Very witty indeed.


  • Toulmin H. Brown commented on July 8th, 2013 at 10:44 am

    “Everett Golson Says He Will Return to Notre Dame”



    JC replied on July 8th, 2013 at 7:48 pm

    Amen Toulmin Amen!


  • JC commented on July 8th, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    No, the morons interviewing EG need a real script. Good for EG! Especially in light of the arrogant reporters’ part: “It will go better for you if you answer what happen.” Really? What court are we in? Don’t remember any reporter having the final say who will be the starting QB at ND next year! Nor is it any of the damn reporters’ business unless ND,BK and EG want it to be. EG has said he is going to do all the right things to return in the spring. EG has all the accountability and responsibility that’s required for this issue. Which is more than I can say for some on this site. And yes, indubitably, EG is more than a “nice kid”, he is one of our own and bright enough to speak for himself without a pre-written statement for each encounter!


  • Zingua commented on April 29th, 2014 at 6:28 pm

    Agreed, Ron. Based on the tenor of your post I assume you’re a Rangers fan, and if so, you have a lot to look fawrord to in October. Texas looked great this weekend; especially yesterday with the aggressiveness on the basepaths. Any team facing the Yankees is going to be able to exploit Posada and Cervelli’s inability to throw runners out; and this is a deficiency that could loom large for the Yankees come the postseason.These are definitely not the late-90s Rangers that were swept out of the postseason by the Yankees, and anyone expecting a cakewalk will be sorely mistaken.If these two teams do match-up, it should be a great series, and presumably far more crisper than the two games played on Friday and Saturday.


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